Definition of agroliterate in US English:

agroliterate

adjective

  • Designating a polity or social system in which the majority of people are peasant agricultural producers, controlled by a small elite to whom literacy is largely restricted; of or relating to such a polity or system.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in Ernest Gellner (1925–1995), social philosopher and anthropologist.

Pronunciation

agroliterate

/ˌaɡrə(ʊ)ˈlɪt(ə)rət/