1. illiterate

adjective. ['ˌɪˈlɪtɝət'] uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field.


  • uneducated


  • civilized
  • informed

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Rhymes with Illiterate

  • accurate
  • barbiturate
  • commensurate
  • confederate
  • conglomerate
  • considerate
  • degenerate
  • deliberate
  • directorate
  • directorate
  • directorate
  • directorate
  • doctorate
  • electorate
  • emirate
  • everett
  • inaccurate
  • inspectorate
  • intemperate
  • interoperate

How do you pronounce illiterate?

Pronounce illiterate as ˌɪˈlɪtərət.

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How to spell illiterate? Is it ilitrate? Or iliterate? Common misspellings are:

  • ilitrate
  • iliterate

Sentences with illiterate

1. Adjective
A simple smiling emoji makes sense to people from all over the world, even those who are illiterate.

2. Noun, singular or mass
For an illiterate dyslexic to qualify, he must suffer from an additional physical impairment.

Quotes about illiterate

1. I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

2. People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

3. Sensibly, it is better to be an illiterate or less educated and make an earning of an amount X than be highly or moderately academically qualified and yet be paid X or even less or marginally high.
- Anuj Somany

2. illiterate

adjective. ['ˌɪˈlɪtɝət'] not able to read or write.


  • uneducated
  • unlettered
  • functionally illiterate
  • literacy
  • analphabetic
  • semiliterate


  • literate
  • illiteracy
  • numerate
  • enlightened

3. illiterate

noun. ['ˌɪˈlɪtɝət'] a person unable to read.


  • illiterate person
  • nonreader
  • analphabet
  • analphabetic
  • know nothing
  • functional illiterate
  • uneducated person


  • well-educated
  • intellectual
  • self-educated
  • lettered