Definición de illiterate en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /ɪˈlɪt(ə)rət/


1Unable to read or write: his parents were illiterate
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • In Uganda, among those aged fifteen years and over, about 50 percent are illiterate (unable to read or write).
  • Children were not allowed to attend public schools and many were illiterate; reading and writing being ‘unnatural’ technologies that would corrupt the children.
  • In addition, many South Africans were illiterate, and unable to read news reports of proceedings.
unable to read or write, unlettered, analphabetic, functionally illiterate
1.1 [with submodifier] Ignorant in a particular subject or activity: the extent to which voters are politically illiterate
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Couple a scientifically illiterate public with activist groups well-versed in scare tactics and what do you get?
  • Indeed, as I have wondered elsewhere, how long will Americans endure the arrogance and ignorance of their own technically illiterate politicians?
  • That they were able to do so handily and with a backward and politically illiterate film star as their standard bearer only underscores the dimensions of the Democratic collapse.
ignorant, unknowledgeable, uneducated, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, uninstructed, uninformed, unlearned, unread, unenlightened, benighted, backward
literary nescient
1.2(Of a piece of writing) showing a lack of education; badly written: as you can see, I have corrected your misspelt, illiterate letter
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Then he disparaged my writing for being too illiterate for some but too literate for others.
  • Even in 1935 they were being sent an ‘astonishing amount of illiterate and unintelligent writing’, but practised readers spent little time on it.
  • Is it any wonder that our K - 12 education system is in such bad shape when such an illiterate, antiquated report has been circulated and used for more than a decade?


A person who is unable to read or write.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • This reminds me of a quote from Italo Calvino (who was most certainly literate): ‘The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is constant, but now the illiterates can read.’
  • Without history you find yourself like illiterates who can't read the present.
  • The Merovingian kings were not boorish illiterates, but were able to read and write.


functionally illiterate

Lacking the literacy necessary for coping with most jobs and many everyday situations.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • A recent video released by the American Medical Association reported that about onehalf of Americans have low health literacy and one-fifth are functionally illiterate.
  • Many were illiterate or functionally illiterate in Spanish.
  • Several of these parents were either illiterate or functionally illiterate in Spanish and did not speak English.



Oraciones de ejemplo
  • But, as usual, Jack displayed the irony of his many advanced education degrees and illiterately misread the map.
  • They tell their own story, simply; sometimes ungrammatically and illiterately, but nevertheless irresistibly.
  • The degree of hateful violence expressed here by the anti-hunters, albeit nearly illiterately, is frightening.


Pronunciación: /ɪˈlɪt(ə)rətnəs/
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • I even make fun of her illiterateness on trains.


Late Middle English: from Latin illitteratus, from in- 'not' + litteratus (see literate).

Palabras que riman con illiterate

literate, presbyterate

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Saltos de línea: il¦lit¦er|ate

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