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Examples of illiterate in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of illiterate, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - a person unable to read

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EXAMPLES - Illiterate in a Sentence

  1. The poorest and the illiterate are the real victims. (source)
  2. But will you get offence [sic] if you are called illiterate? (source)
  3. A so-called illiterate woman, forced into marriage at a young age. (source)
  4. Sometimes the illiterate is a neighbor, without our even realizing. (source)
  5. To be religiously illiterate is to short-change one's self and society. (source)
  6. The elites are able to educate their children, others remain illiterate. (source)
  7. About 65 percent of Afghan recruits are classified as illiterate, he said. (source)
  8. You know I am homo unius linguae: in English, illiterate, a dunce, a ninny. (source)
  9. If the problem was his handicap, why use the self-deprecating language, "illiterate"? (source)
  10. In regards to McCain, saying he is "illiterate" about computers may be more politics than we realize. (source)
  11. And gone are the days when vending was reserved exclusively for so-called illiterate people and down and outs. (source)
  12. McCain also infamously told the media that he is "illiterate" when it comes to using the Internet and computers. (source)
  13. I have never yet felt the want of words or knowledge until they brought me here and told to me that word illiterate (source)
  14. It clarified that 47 percent of Yemen's population are illiterate, which is another reason for poverty and unemployment. (source)
  15. During this transition, one is "illiterate" of not just language but of the new life into which one inevitably will be enfolded. (source)
  16. A nation can be called illiterate if 20 percent of the population cannot read and write, if 95 percent have not reached the sixth grade. (source)
  17. Word of mouth I believe is actually very important and confirms that politically Wales is almost an 'illiterate' nation in terms of Welsh politics. (source)
  18. Meanwhile Dale twittered a correction to Tom Harris' Damien as "illiterate" sic when he probably means "mistaken" and when Mr GuF has been using Es for days. (source)
  19. Economics may seem boring to most people and they are therefore economically illiterate, which is why the Republicans get away with their disastrous policies. (source)
  20. - The number of absolutely illiterate is equal to about seventeen percent, while not more than ten percent have the advantage of a good common school education. (source)
  21. And as the techies undoubtedly get paid and the commentariat contributes its 'illiterate' efforts and time for bugger all, voluntarily, it seems a fair exchange. (source)
  22. This was an easy way to deny the franchise to even well-educated Black professionals who were routinely declared "illiterate" and thus determined ineligible to vote. (source)
  23. In his reply, Reynolds also indulges in what has become the depressingly common and usually dishonest tactic of whining that he is being abused by "illiterate" e-mailers. (source)
  24. Then there is a question of the trainees; the Afghan population is 70% illiterate and, of course, the illiterate are the most likely to sign up for these security positions. (source)
  25. What's galling to this observer about Rove's name calling -- I consider 'illiterate' a four letter word -- is that he is far more ignorant of economics than those he criticizes. (source)
  26. Most of the refugee women are illiterate, which is important with regard to their capability and willingness to adapt their cooking and eating habits to the use of solar cookers. (source)
  27. I do not even want to name illiterate rogues who dictated to us under the sign of dialectical materialism how the laws of physics or, for instance, of genetics should be understood. (source)
  28. One disappointment: in answering a question from TechCrunch's founder, Michael Arrington, the 71-year-old McCain admitted that he was "illiterate" when it came to actually using computers. (source)
  29. Or suppose he comes from reading a Greek or Latin classic in the original, whose praises are familiar even to the so called illiterate; he will find nobody at all to speak to, but must keep silence about it. (source)
  30. HAMMER: And on the notion - and we heard a lot about this when the story came out - of you being functionally illiterate, which is hard to imagine because you had to learn all those songs for "American Idol." (source)
  31. Liz Madjlesi, director of the Northwest Alabama Reading Aides, said 25 percent of Alabamians - or one in four people - are illiterate, which is above the national average of 20 percent illiteracy among adults. (source)
  32. A neocon who claimed that anybody who did not believe in Al-Qaeda/Saddam Hussein connection was "illiterate," he has been advocating "World War IV" with Islamic nations, with "World War III" being the Cold War. (source)
  33. Pass we from the women to the men; and, first, to the lowest degrees of men in the distinction relating to religion; namely, to them whom they ordinarily called illiterate, and the people of the earth, or the plebeians. (source)
  34. Dream S.enario About 30 million Americans are functionally illiterate, meaning they lack basic written communications skills, according to the most recent National Assessment of Adult Literacy, conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. (source)
  35. In Egypt we are looking at a majority population that is illiterate, that is looking for something that is thriving through Islamic justice, not just democracy, but democracy according to the Islamic way of life and that's what's very dangerous. (source)
  36. Conservatives have very successfully pushed forward this narrative about the "liberal elite" --- in their worldview, liberalism was invented by over-privileged white people and then foisted on the rest of the Democratic coalition, characterized as illiterate sheep. (source)
  37. VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'John McCain, Confessed Computer Illiterate, Learning to Go Online'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'McCain, who admitted in January that he is a computer "illiterate," now says he is "learning to get online." just the basics though. (source)
  38. As men and ministers, they did not enjoy the literary advantages of the present age; but if they were what refined scholarship would term illiterate, they were nevertheless well instructed in a practical sense in the doctrines of the righteous government of the great Sovereign of heaven. (source)
  39. In a country with one of the worst public education systems in Asia -- 70 percent of women and 41 percent of men are officially classified as illiterate -- and with health care virtually nonexistent for over half the population, a mere 105.1 billion rupees ($1.75 billion) was left for overall development. (source)
  40. Generally I don't like to talk about things like that, but after I read the news tonight and found out that the American congress have voted to admit defeat to a bunch of rag-tag illiterate camel jockeys, I figured it doesn't matter what I say or do to America, it's not like they have any will whatsoever to fight back. (source)
  41. I wish you to see that both well-directed moral training and well-chosen reading lead to the possession of a power over the ill-guided and illiterate, which is, according to the measure of it, in the truest sense, _kingly_; conferring indeed the purest kingship that can exist among men: too many other kingships (however distinguished by visible insignia or material power) being either spectral, or tyrannous; -- Spectral -- that is to say, aspects and shows only of royalty, hollow as death, and which only the "Likeness of a kingly crown have on"; or else tyrannous -- that is to say, substituting their own will for the law of justice and love by which all true kings rule. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 38.0, which suggests that "illiterate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 15 synonyms for illiterate.

benighted, catachrestic, ignorant, inerudite, solecistic, uneducated, unenlightened, ungrammatical, uninstructed, unlearned, unlettered, unread, unschooled, untaught, untutored


We have 6 antonyms for illiterate.

able, educated, intelligent, learned, literate, taught


Pronunciation: (ĭ-lĭtˈər-ĭt)

Syllabification: il-lit-er-ate


View up to 25 definitions of illiterate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Unable to read and write.
  2. (adjective) Having little or no formal education.
  3. (adjective) Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature.
  4. (adjective) Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing.
  5. (adjective) Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge: musically illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Unable to read and write.
  2. (adjective) Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little formal education.
  3. (adjective) Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing.
  4. (noun) an illiterate person, one not able to read.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Unable to read or write; ignorant of letters or books; unlettered; uninstructed; uneducated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Ignorant of letters or books; having little or no learning; unlettered; uncultivated: as, the illiterate part of the population; an illiterate tribe.
  2. (None) Showing illiteracy or want of culture; rude; barbarous.
  3. (None) Synonyms Unlettered, Unlearned, etc. See ignorant.
  4. (noun) An illiterate person; one unable to read or to write.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a person unable to read
  2. (adjective) not able to read or write
  3. (adjective) lacking culture, especially in language and literature
  4. (adjective) uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field