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Mar 16, 2017
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Miscellaneous words

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lodestar
uliginous
superbity
analphabetic
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analphabetic

PRONUNCIATION:
(an-al-fuh-BET-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Illiterate. 2. Not alphabetical.
noun: An illiterate person.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek analphabetos (not knowing the alphabet), from an- (not) + alphabetos (alphabet), from alpha + beta. Earliest documented use: 1876.

USAGE:
“While it was not true that he was totally analphabetic, the printed word gave him a rough time.”
Allan Seager; A Frieze of Girls; University of Michigan Press; 2004.

“In Chapter Fifteen, Laura Santone discusses the ‘Dictionnaire critique’ ... whose entries appeared in analphabetic order.”
John Considine; Adventuring in Dictionaries; Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 2010.

See more usage examples of analphabetic in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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