illiterate

You can describe a person unable to read or write as illiterate. Karaoke, which involves singing out the words to songs as they scroll across a big screen, requires the ability to read. If you’re illiterate, you won’t be able to participate.

Illiterate, from the Latin illiteratus “unlearned, ignorant,” can describe someone unable to read or write, but it can also imply that a person lacks cultural awareness. However, Walt Whitman saw a unique beauty to illiteracy: “There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.”

Definitions of illiterate
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adj not able to read or write

Synonyms:
uneducated
not having a good education
analphabetic, unlettered
having little acquaintance with writing
functionally illiterate
having reading and writing skills insufficient for ordinary practical needs
preliterate
not yet having acquired the ability to read and write
semiliterate
barely able to read and write
semiliterate
able to read but not to write
Antonyms:
literate
able to read and write

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

“he is musically illiterate
Synonyms:
ignorant
uneducated
not having a good education

adj lacking culture, especially in language and literature

Antonyms:
literate
versed in literature; dealing with literature
educated
possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
belletristic
written and regarded for aesthetic value rather than content
literary
knowledgeable about literature
sophisticated
having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
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n a person unable to read

Synonyms:
illiterate person, nonreader
Types:
analphabet, analphabetic
an illiterate person who does not know the alphabet
functional illiterate
a person with some ability to read and write but not enough for daily practical needs
Type of:
ignoramus, know nothing, uneducated person
an ignorant person

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