aliterate
adjective or noun see aliteracy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • aliterate — 1. adjective Disinclined to read though not illiterate, able to read but reluctant or unlikely to read. 2. noun Someone who is able to read but disinclined to do so. Mark Twain famously said The man who does not read has no advantage over the man …   Wiktionary

  • aliterate — [eɪ lɪt(ə)rət] adjective unwilling to read, although able to do so. noun an aliterate person. Derivatives aliteracy noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • aliterate — a•lit•er•ate [[t]eɪˈlɪt ər ɪt[/t]] n. 1) cvb a person who is able to read but rarely does 2) cvb of, being, or characteristic of an aliterate • Etymology: 1975–80 a•lit′er•a•cy, n …   From formal English to slang

  • aliterate — noun a person who can read but is disinclined to derive information from literary sources • Syn: ↑aliterate person • Hypernyms: ↑ignoramus, ↑know nothing, ↑uneducated person …   Useful english dictionary

  • aliterate — aliteracy, n. /ay lit euhr it/, n. 1. a person who is able to read but rarely chooses to do so: Schools are worried about producing aliterates who prefer television to books. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of aliterates. [see A 6,… …   Universalium

  • aliterate — alit·er·ate …   English syllables

  • aliterate person — noun a person who can read but is disinclined to derive information from literary sources • Syn: ↑aliterate • Hypernyms: ↑ignoramus, ↑know nothing, ↑uneducated person …   Useful english dictionary

  • know nothing — noun an ignorant person • Syn: ↑ignoramus, ↑uneducated person • Hypernyms: ↑unskilled person • Hyponyms: ↑aliterate, ↑aliterate person, ↑illiterate, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • uneducated person — noun an ignorant person • Syn: ↑ignoramus, ↑know nothing • Hypernyms: ↑unskilled person • Hyponyms: ↑aliterate, ↑aliterate person, ↑illiterate, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • aliteracy — noun Date: 1984 the quality or state of being able to read but uninterested in doing so • aliterate adjective or noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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