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Illíterate. adj. [illiteratus, Latin.] Unlettered; untaught; unlearned; unenlightened by science.

The duke was illiterate, yet had learned at court to supply his own defects, by the drawing unto him of the best instruments of experience. Wotton.

Th' illiterate writer, empirick like, applies
To minds diseas'd unsafe chance remedies:
The learn'd in schools, where knowledge first began,
Studies with care th' anatomy of man;
Sees virtue, vice, and passions in their cause,
And fame from science, not from fortune draws.

In the first ages of Christianity not only the learned and the wise, but the ignorant and illiterate embraced torments and death. Tillotson's Sermons.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Tillotson, John (68) · Wotton, Henry (48)

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