a|lit|er|ate

a|lit|er|ate «ay LIHT uhr iht», noun, adjective.
–n.
1. a person who shows no interest in reading or literature: »

These are the “aliterates,” people who know how to read but just don't bother (Newsday).

–adj.
1. showing no interest in reading or literature: »

an aliterate society.

[< a-4 + (il)literate]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • lit´er|ate|ness — lit|er|ate «LIHT uhr iht», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. able to read and write: »The literate person can find out from books what the person who cannot read must find out for himself or be told. 2. acquainted with literature; educated; literary.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lit´er|ate|ly — lit|er|ate «LIHT uhr iht», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. able to read and write: »The literate person can find out from books what the person who cannot read must find out for himself or be told. 2. acquainted with literature; educated; literary.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lit|er|ate — «LIHT uhr iht», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. able to read and write: »The literate person can find out from books what the person who cannot read must find out for himself or be told. 2. acquainted with literature; educated; literary. SYNONYM(S):… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lit·er·ate — …   Useful english dictionary

  • il|lit´er|ate|ly — il|lit|er|ate «ih LIHT uhr iht», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. not knowing how to read and write: »People who have never gone to school are usually illiterate. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under ignorant. (Cf. ↑ignorant) 2. showing a lack of education; not… …   Useful english dictionary

  • il|lit|er|ate — «ih LIHT uhr iht», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. not knowing how to read and write: »People who have never gone to school are usually illiterate. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under ignorant. (Cf. ↑ignorant) 2. showing a lack of education; not cultured: »He… …   Useful english dictionary

  • al|lit|er|ate — «uh LIHT uh rayt», verb, at|ed, at|ing. –v.i. 1. to have the same first sound or the same first letter. 2. to use alliteration. –v.t. to speak or write (anything) with alliteration. ╂[< Latin …   Useful english dictionary

  • non|lit|er|ate — «non LIHT uhr iht», adjective. 1. a) not able to read or write. b) having no alphabet or other form of writing: »nonliterate peoples. 2. having no knowledge of literature: »a nonliterate culture …   Useful english dictionary

  • ob|lit|er|ate — «uh BLIHT uh rayt», transitive verb, at|ed, at|ing. 1. to remove all traces of; wipe or blot out; destroy; efface: »The heavy rain obliterated all footprints. Figurative. By the destruction of that city, [they] obliterated the memory of their… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|lit|er|ate — «pree LIHT uhr iht», adjective. being at a stage before the use of writing: »a preliterate society or culture …   Useful english dictionary

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