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synonyms for illiterate

  • ignorant
  • uneducated
  • benighted
  • catachrestic
  • inerudite
  • solecistic
  • unenlightened
  • ungrammatical
  • uninstructed
  • unlearned
  • unlettered
  • unread
  • unschooled
  • untaught
  • untutored
See also synonyms for: illiterateness

antonyms for illiterate

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  • educated
  • intelligent
  • able
  • learned
  • literate
  • taught
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Despite increasing literacy globally, over 770 million adults are still illiterate.
THESE MAPS REVEAL THE PROFOUND PROGRESS AND PERIL OF MODERN CIVILIZATIONROBERT MUGGAHDECEMBER 8, 2021SINGULARITY HUB 
It’s even harder to find an authentic signature by Jackson, because the baseball legend grew up on a farm in South Carolina and was illiterate, meaning he didn’t sign many autographs.
A ‘SHOELESS’ JOE JACKSON PHOTO SOLD FOR $1.47 MILLION. HERE’S WHY IT WAS SO VALUABLE.ANDREW GOLDENOCTOBER 8, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The courts place the burden of proof on the people accused of being foreigners, many of whom are poor and illiterate, unable to navigate a convoluted system or afford legal representation.
INDIA’S ANTI-IMMIGRANT CRACKDOWN HAS TORN APART FAMILIES AND LOCKED UP HUNDREDS. 1.9 MILLION PEOPLE FEAR THEY COULD BE NEXTNEHA THIRANI BAGRI/DALGAON, INDIASEPTEMBER 6, 2021TIME
In his autobiography, Vartan recalled how his beloved illiterate grandmother used to tell him that character was everything, possessions ephemeral, reputation enduring.
IN DREAMS BEGIN RESPONSIBILITIES: THE BOUNTIFUL LIFE OF VARTAN GREGORIANRICHARD STENGELAPRIL 18, 2021TIME
More than 90 percent of the formerly enslaved were illiterate, and education was seen as a source of power and independence, and as a tool for having control over their own lives.
MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER IDA B. WELLS LEFT A LEGACY OF ACTIVISM IN EDUCATION. WE NEED THAT NOW.MICHELLE DUSTERFEBRUARY 11, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The second step taken arose from the necessity of making this speech of the illiterate capable of elevated expression.
FRDRIC MISTRALCHARLES ALFRED DOWNER
But at a period more piously illiterate, things of this shadowy nature were linked very closely to objects of a material kind.
A CURSORY HISTORY OF SWEARINGJULIAN SHARMAN
Illiterate but romantic, she was swept off her feet at the first touch of passion, and the flattery of being recognized!
THE UNDERWORLDJAMES C. WELSH
It accordingly searches out illiterate children of school age, or persons smitten with infectious disease.
ENGLISH POOR LAW POLICYSIDNEY WEBB
The final d is also omitted by illiterate speakers; Usted is pronounced Uste, and even de becomes e. B and v are interchangeable.
SPANISH LIFE IN TOWN AND COUNTRYL. HIGGIN AND EUGNE E. STREET
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WORDS RELATED TO ILLITERATE

  • brainless
  • dizzy
  • featherbrained
  • frivolous
  • giddy
  • harebrained
  • ignorant
  • illiterate
  • inane
  • know-nothing
  • silly
  • skittish
  • stupid
  • uneducated
  • unschooled
  • untaught
  • vacant
  • vacuous
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.