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Meaning of ignoble by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin ignobilis, from in- ( not ) + gnobilis, later nobilis ( noble )


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɪɡˈnəʊbəl/
    • Rhymes: -əʊbəl


    ignoble ( comparative more ignoble, superlative most ignoble )

    1. Not noble; plebeian; common .
    2. Not honorable .





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Explanation of ignoble by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose

    2. something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude
      I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
    3. not of the nobility

    4. of ignoble ( or ungentle ) birth

    Definition of ignoble by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Ignoble a. [L. ignobilis; pref. in- not + nobilis noble: cf. F. ignoble. See In- not, and Noble, a.]
      1. Of low birth or family; not noble; not illustrious; plebeian; common; humble.

      I was not ignoble of descent. Shak.

      Her royal stock graft with ignoble plants. Shak.

      2. Not honorable, elevated, or generous; base.

      'T is but a base, ignoble mind,

      That mounts no higher than a bird can soar. Shak.

      Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife. Gray.

      3. ( Zool. ) Not a true or noble falcon; -- said of certain hawks, as the goshawk.

      Syn. -- Degenerate; degraded; mean; base; dishonorable; reproachful; disgraceful; shameful; scandalous; infamous.

    2. Ignoble, v. t. To make ignoble. [Obs.] Bacon.