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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ILLITERATE

Look at the comparative returns of the illiterate electorate.

The watchman of this secret chamber was an illiterate, deaf and dumb peasant.

In spite of his lack of University training he was no illiterate ignoramus.

He bridled up at the word "illiterate," and repudiated the vile insinuation.

We find Oxford so illiterate, that she could not even provide an University preacher!

Neither the writing or composition was that of an illiterate man.

But the majority of the immigrants were of the artisan class and illiterate.

It must not be inferred that Mr. Duncan was an illiterate man.

According to Moslem tradition, Mohammed ascended the mount an illiterate.

He was illiterate, and was unable to meet an educational test.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "uneducated, unable to read (originally of Latin)," from Latin illiteratus "unlearned, unlettered, ignorant; without culture, inelegant," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + literatus, literally "furnished with letters" (see literate). As a noun meaning "illiterate person" from 1620s. Hence, illiterati (1788).

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