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  • s  having little acquaintance with writing
    special tutorials to assist the unlettered sector of society
  • s  uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication
    exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions

  • Dubbing spares unlettered foreigners the strain of subtitles.
  • Says a moderate Protestant: "Before, it was only the simple, unlettered people as a rule who backed the extremists.
  • In 15 years, Rolla jumped from an unlettered horse trader to operator of six booming gambling palaces.

  • Thomas Jefferson in Wall Street Journal
    Thomas Jefferson, for instance, wrote that the authors of the canonical Gospels were "ignorant, unlettered men" who laid "a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstitions, fanaticisms, and fabrications."
  • Stephen Greenblatt in Boston Globe (registration)
    In the preface to his new book, "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare," Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt says of the playwright, "His works appeal to the learned and the unlettered, to urban sophisticates and provincial...
  • Uday Singh in Ottawa Citizen (registration)
    He suddenly popped up here ...... he is now dead and he died for the nation. ...... But I was struck with his being unlettered, uneducated, that was striking,Mr. Singh said.

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