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ignoble

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adjective ig·no·ble \ig-ˈnō-bəl\

Definition of ignoble

  1. 1 :  of low birth or common origin :  plebeian

  2. 2 :  characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness

ig·no·bil·i·ty play \ˌig-nō-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ig·no·ble·ness play \ig-ˈnō-bəl-nəs\ noun
ig·no·bly play \-blē also -bə-lē\ adverb


Examples of ignoble

  1. <an ignoble child who would one day grow up to be a prince among playwrights>

  2. <such an ignoble act is completely unworthy of a military officer>



Origin of ignoble

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin ignobilis, from in- + Old Latin gnobilis noble


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ignoble

mean, ignoble, abject, sordid mean being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity. mean suggests small-mindedness, ill temper, or cupidity <mean and petty satire>. ignoble suggests a loss or lack of some essential high quality of mind or spirit <an ignoble scramble after material possessions>. abject may imply degradation, debasement, or servility <abject poverty>. sordid is stronger than all of these in stressing physical or spiritual degradation and abjectness <a sordid story of murder and revenge>.


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