Meaning of aliterate in English:


Pronunciation /eɪˈlɪt(ə)rət/


  • Unwilling to read, although able to do so.

    ‘this generation is not illiterate but aliterate’
    • ‘That's a problem because the point of McGruder's style of pop-cultural subversion is to get the revolutionary message into the minds of the unthinking, aliterate media consumer.’
    • ‘But, from whichever direction it is approached, the same gulf lies between literate and aliterate minds.’
    • ‘Aliterate children can read, but they tend to avoid the activity.’
    • ‘In the article, Allemang discusses the growth of the ‘aliterate’ reader - people like us who are educated and may even think of ourselves as dedicated to the written word.’
    • ‘We are, as the experts like to say with a horrified sense of wonder, aliterate - able to read, and read well, but disinclined to do so.’


  • An aliterate person.

    ‘Lots of aliterates, according to Trelease, say they just don't have time to read anymore.’
    • ‘Our literacy rate falls year by year, and even many who can read do not read, the so-called aliterates.’
    • ‘Through a national program called The Big Read, the NEA is committing resources to motivate aliterates to read again.’
    • ‘Most aliterates watch television for their news, but the entire transcript of a television newscast would fill only two columns of the New York Times.’
    • ‘One sign of this instinct is the apparent rise in the number of aliterates - individuals who can read, but choose not to.’