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Synonyms for illiterate
ɪˈlɪt ər ɪtil·lit·er·ate

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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes

  1. illiterateadjective

    unlettered, ignorant


  2. illiterateadjective

    Unable to read and write.

    unlettered, ignorant


  3. illiterateadjective

    Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little formal education.

    unlettered, ignorant


  4. illiterateadjective

    Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing.

    ignorant, unlettered


English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 2 votes

  1. illiterate

    Ignorant signifies destitute of education or knowledge, or lacking knowledge or information; it is thus a relative term. The most learned man is still ignorant of many things; persons are spoken of as ignorant who have not the knowledge that has become generally diffused in the world; the ignorant savage may be well instructed in matters of the field and the chase, and is thus more properly untutored than ignorant. Illiterate is without letters and the knowledge that comes through reading. Unlettered is similar in meaning to illiterate, but less absolute; the unlettered man may have acquired the art of reading and writing and some elementary knowledge; the uneducated man has never taken any systematic course of mental training. Ignorance is relative; illiteracy is absolute; we have statistics of illiteracy; no statistics of ignorance are possible.

    ignorant, ill-informed, uneducated, unenlightened, uninformed, uninstructed, unlearned, unlettered, unskilled, untaught, untutored

    educated, instructed, learned, sage, skilled, trained, well-informed, wise

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. illiterate, illiterate person, nonreaderadjective

    a person unable to read

    nonreader, illiterate person

    literate, literary, educated, belletristic

  2. illiterateadjective

    not able to read or write


    belletristic, educated, literate, literary

  3. ignorant, illiterateadjective

    uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field

    "she is ignorant of quantum mechanics"; "he is musically illiterate"

    nescient, unknowledgeable, unlettered, unlearned, unknowing, ignorant, unwitting

    literary, educated, literate, belletristic

  4. illiterateadjective

    lacking culture, especially in language and literature


    belletristic, educated, literate, literary

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. illiterateadjective

    uninstructed (in books), unlettered, unlearned, untaught, ignorant

  2. illiterateadjective

    moroseness, sullenness, ill-temper, bad temper

  3. illiterateadjective

    morose, sullen, sulky, cross, churlish, crabbed, sour, perverse, wayward, crusty, petulant, cross-grained, ill-tempered

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "illiterate":

    non-literate, illiteracy

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  1. James Scott:

    The disturbingly techno-illiterate and cyber-hygienically lackadaisical and shockingly arrogant responses by the National Association of Secretaries of States when we at ICIT repeatedly showed them what their vulnerabilities were and exactly how elections could be compromised is a betrayal of trust to offer safe and legitimate elections. The technical vulnerabilities littering our election systems is only part of the problem.

  2. P. J. O'Rourke:

    Very little is known of the Canadian country since it is rarely visited by anyone but the Queen and illiterate sport fishermen.

  3. Alvin Toffler:

    The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.

  4. Raffaele Petralla:

    Maybe there's no way to escape, i think most of them are not educated, they are illiterate people, and they don't know how they can escape from this situation.

  5. Harbans Singh:

    We are illiterate farmers; we seek advice from the vendor and just spray on the crop.

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