ad literam, ad litteram (adverb) (not comparable)
To the letter; precisely; exactly: Jason instructed his secretary to retype the letter ad litteram or exactly as it is now.
, alliterates; alliterated, alliterating
To show or to repeat an initial sound, usually a consonant, in two or more words of a phrase, a line of poetry, etc.: Here are a few examples of alliterating
: What a t
ale of t
error which their t
A fair field full of fine folks.
alliteration (s) (noun)
, alliterations (pl)
Two or more words that have the same initial sound or sounds that occur in a phrase or a line: While Henry was going for a walk, he saw a couple of examples of alliterations: a babbling brook in the wild and woody area.
, more alliterative, most alliterative
A reference to having the same consonant at the beginning of each syllable: Here are examples of alliterative
names: Molly Mason, and Jason Jaden, and Chris Cris.
Another well know alliterative line is "Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers" which appeared in a poem, The Castle of Indolence, written in 1748 by James Thomson, a Scottish poet.
alliteratively (adverb) (not comparable)
Descriptive of the use of the same letters, or sounds, at the beginning of adjoining words or closely connected words: Here are presentations of alliteratively in action : "The sun sank slowly." and "There was a babbling brook."
functional illiterate (s) (noun)
, functional illiterates (pl)
Someone or those whose reading and writing abilities are inadequately developed to meet everyday needs: Functional illiteracy
is the skill to manage daily living and employment tasks which require reading skills beyond a basic level.
Functional illiteracy is the opposite of illiteracy in the strict sense, meaning the inability to read or to correctly write simple sentences in any language.
functional literacy (s) (noun)
, functional literacies (pl)
The level of skill in reading and writing that an individual needs to cope with everyday life.
, more heteroliteral, most heteroliteral
A reference to being marked by the substitution of one letter for another one in pronouncing words.
illiteracy (s) (noun)
, illiteracies (pl)
1. A lack of the ability to read and to write.
2. The state of not having any or enough education: Jim was told that the mistakes he makes in writing or speaking are the results his illiteracy.
illiterate (s) (noun)
, illiterates (pl)
1. Someone who is unable to read and and to write.
2. Anyone who has or demonstrates having very little or no education.
, more illiterately, most illiterately
Descriptive of someone who is not able to read or to write: Caren had very little formal education because of her mental ailments which resulted in her being illiterately ignorant when speaking or reading.
illiterateness (s) (noun) (no plural)
A limited knowledge, experience, or culture; especially, in some particular field: Frank had very little experience or appreciation for classical music because of his illiterateness.
letter (s) (noun)
, letters (pl)
A mark or sign that represents speech sounds that are used in forming words: The letters of the alphabet which utilize written materials for literate people to read.
lettering (s) (noun)
, letterings (pl)
Written symbols that are used to present organized words for people to read and to understand.
literacy (s) (noun)
, literacies (pl)
1. The ability to read and to write.
2. The understanding of written material or the skill in communicating clearly with words that are produced with words composed of letters.