Definition of aliterate in English:

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Pronunciation: /āˈlidərət/


Unwilling to read, although able to do so.
Example sentences
  • That's a problem because the point of McGruder's style of pop-cultural subversion is to get the revolutionary message into the minds of the unthinking, aliterate media consumer.
  • But, from whichever direction it is approached, the same gulf lies between literate and aliterate minds.
  • Aliterate children can read, but they tend to avoid the activity.


An aliterate person.
Example sentences
  • Lots of aliterates, according to Trelease, say they just don't have time to read anymore.
  • Our literacy rate falls year by year, and even many who can read do not read, the so-called aliterates.
  • Through a national program called The Big Read, the NEA is committing resources to motivate aliterates to read again.



Pronunciation: /-əsē/
Example sentences
  • At a time when the nation is plagued more by aliteracy than literacy - that is, an apathy to reading rather than the inability - we continue to advocate for reading as both an essential part of our culture, and an endangered one.
  • Analyze current literacy and aliteracy culture trends affecting all readers in K - 12 content classrooms.
  • It provides a reference for educators to determine causes of aliteracy and gives guidelines to reach students.

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Syllabification: a·lit·er·ate

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