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Pronunciation: \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-t(ə-)rət
Function: Adjective
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.
by Linguistic_abhorrence April 16, 2009
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Chingy,that crappy lil pop rapper who can't spell!
Right Thurr("there" you stupid motherfucker)!

Holidae Inn(It's Holiday Inn genius)!
by Nite August 01, 2004
462 148
A class of a large, and growing, number of people, particularly children, who are unable to read or write.
Illiteracy is beginning to take over the United States of America. After seeing all those Hooked On Phonics advertisements, I have concluded that our country is becoming more and more filled with illiterate brats who deserve a good slapping upside the head.
Apparently, illiteracy is so common that there is evidence of illiteracy in China (the world's #2 superpower). Illiterate children is said to be the result of lazy, irresponsible parents, therefore resulting in much lack of education. It's times like this that, although education sucks (because of schools and how boring they are and having to put up with punk-ass bitches with cruel attitudes), it is very necessary.

If you had a kid who couldn't read a word, wouldn't you like to slap him upside the head too?
"I don't blame Chinese illiterates; those symbols ARE hard to read. LOL "
by Dave May 06, 2004
385 138
(adjective) to not be able to read or write in a specific language. Used loosely, it can describe someone who is just an incredibly sloppy speller.
About 75% of the definitions on Urbandictionary.com are made by people who are illiterate
by Rakeman June 01, 2005
238 51
People who cannot read or write
90% of people on Internet are illiterate
by messer May 08, 2005
244 85
A moron with the approximate education of a fly at best.
Illiterate guy no. 1: Hay hw is evRe1?
Me: Pardon?
Illiterate guy no. 1: uh WTF DUS TAT MEEN?
Me: Sorry, I do not understand.
Illiterate guy no. 1: WTF DUS TAT TINN MEEN!!??????!11111111ONE///
Me: Nevermind.
by Arkracer November 25, 2004
224 78
A person who is unable to read or write. Basically, an unintelligent person who has the approximate education of a second grade English student, if not worse.
This is how a LITERATE person would write what you just TRIED to write.
by Anonymous June 30, 2003
87 33
In some circles, used as a synonym for incompotent in any way, regardless of any reading ability. For example, it could be used to describe a bad driver, someone who sucks at videogames, or someone who fails a test.
OMG, you illiterate n00b!
by jmtas June 11, 2006
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