Meaning of illiterati in English:


Pronunciation /ɪlɪtəˈrɑːti/

plural noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘For the economic illiterati, the solution is simple.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The difference between the twitterati and the internet illiterati comes down to much more than broadband speed.’
    • ‘If we hear one more member of the economic illiterati call for an "industrial policy," we'll scream.’


Late 18th century from Latin illitterati, plural of illiteratus.