Etymology: Middle English, from Latin illiteratus, from in- + litteratus literate
Date: 15th century
1: having little or no education ; especially : unable to read or write <an illiterate population>
2 a: showing or marked by a lack of familiarity with language and literature <an illiterate magazine> b: violating approved patterns of speaking or writing
3: showing or marked by a lack of acquaintance with the fundamentals of a particular field of knowledge <musically illiterate>
synonyms see ignorant
1. From the letter A through to the letter Z, the authors of this website's content have done nothing but show to the world that they are in fact......illiterate. All synonms apply.
2. When our country routinely ranks 24th (or worse) amongst the top 25 industrialized nations of the world in academic ability, why do we glorify that which is so grossly illiterate and ignorant. Do we really want to become a nation so inable to compete in global markets that our grandchildren /great-grandchildren will work for a bowl of rice a day? It WILL be our fate unless we start raising our standards. Including our humor.
It starts in the gutter, raise it out of the gutter and everything else becomes elevated. It has to start somewhere, why not here?
3. As citizens of a free (kind of) nation
we have the absolute right to be ignorant and illiterate. But why would we want to? I don't get it.