V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. lacking knowledge or education; 2. unable to read and write

Synonyms: uneducated, ignorant, unschooled, illiterate, unsophisticated

Antonyms: educated, knowledgeable, literate

Tips: Unlettered is basically another way of saying "uneducated," but because saying "unlettered" can seem somewhat pretentious, uneducated is the preferred word. For a memory trick, think of letter grades and how they are a measurement of your education. If you are uneducated, you have not received letter grades in school, so you are unlettered.

Usage Examples:

He dropped out of school at the age of fourteen and is unlettered. (uneducated, ignorant)

Just because you don't have a formal, college education, it doesn't mean you're unlettered. (ignorant, unsophisticated, uneducated)

Although many wealthy people join in philanthropic activities to help others, many of them look down on those who are unlettered. (uneducated, illiterate)

I decided to attend college in my fifties because I didn't want to be seen as unlettered for the rest of my life. (uneducated, unsophisticated)

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