Etymology
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unlettered (adj.)

mid-14c., "not possessed of book-learning," from un- (1) "not" + lettered. An Englished form of illiterate. Similar formation in Middle Dutch ongelettert.

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Definitions of unlettered

unlettered (adj.)
having little acquaintance with writing;
special tutorials to assist the unlettered sector of society
Synonyms: analphabetic
unlettered (adj.)
uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication;
exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions
Synonyms: ignorant / nescient / unlearned
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