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People who are not well educated or well informed about a particular subject or sphere of activity:‘a discussion that made few concessions to the scientific illiterati’‘a member of the computer illiterati’
- ‘Many of these potential and actual readers were computer illiterati buying their first machine, and needed intelligible guidance.’
- ‘Even the former cooking illiterati now know that tip about adding vinegar to a poached egg pan.’
- ‘Welcome to the world of the illiterati, where ignorance is indeed bliss, where being a moron is somehow classed as being 'cute'.’
- ‘Despite the protestations of the market illiterati of the Left, government rationing of health care services is right around the corner.’
- ‘If we hear one more member of the economic illiterati call for an "industrial policy," we'll scream.’
- ‘For the economic illiterati, the solution is simple.’
- ‘The paper could position itself on the forefront of a bold initiative, encouraging the growth of a blossoming illiterati who flaunt their ignorance and inability to absorb the written word.’
- ‘Abolishing the Arts Council might put enough money back into our pockets to enable us to patronise opera or whatever art form we prefer - by our own choice, not the imposed will of the illiterati.’
- ‘Unless we wish to end up with a two-tier system, the literati and the illiterati, then there seems to be a need for the education system to change the philosophy of the last decade or so, and return to an emphasis on literacy.’
- ‘The difference between the twitterati and the internet illiterati comes down to much more than broadband speed.’
Late 18th century: from Latin illitterati, plural of illiteratus.
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