semiliterate
adjective Date: 1927 1. a. able to read and write on an elementary level b. able to read but unable to write 2. having limited knowledge or understanding • semiliterate noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • semiliterate — semiliteracy /sem ee lit euhr euh see, sem uy /, n. /sem ee lit euhr it, sem uy /, adj. 1. barely able to read and write. 2. capable of reading but not writing. 3. literate but poorly skilled or informed; lacking the proficiency of a literate… …   Universalium

  • semiliterate — sem•i•lit•er•ate [[t]ˌsɛm iˈlɪt ər ɪt, ˌsɛm aɪ [/t]] adj. 1) barely able to read and write 2) capable of reading but not writing 3) cvb a person who is semiliterate • Etymology: 1925–30 sem i•lit′er•a•cy ə si n …   From formal English to slang

  • semiliterate — adjective 1. literate but poorly informed (Freq. 2) • Similar to: ↑educated 2. barely able to read and write (Freq. 1) an semiliterate scrawl • Similar to: ↑illiterate 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • semiliterate — adjective Not entirely literate; having a limited grasp of the written language See Also: semiliteracy …   Wiktionary

  • semiliterate — adj. partially literate, able to read and write to a limited degree …   English contemporary dictionary

  • semiliterate — semi·literate …   English syllables

  • semiliterate — /ˌsɛmiˈlɪtərət/ (say .semee lituhruht) adjective somewhat literate …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Zoshchenko, Mikhail Mikhaylovich — ▪ Soviet author born Aug. 10 [July 29, Old Style], 1895, Poltava, Ukraine, Russian Empire died July 22, 1958, Leningrad [now St. Petersburg], Russian S.F.S.R., U.S.S.R.       Soviet satirist whose short stories and sketches are among the best… …   Universalium

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