adjective ig·no·ble \ig-ˈnō-bəl\

: not deserving respect : not noble or honorable

Full Definition of IGNOBLE

:  of low birth or common origin :  plebeian
:  characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness
ig·no·bil·i·ty \ˌig-nō-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ig·no·ble·ness \ig-ˈnō-bəl-nəs\ noun
ig·no·bly \-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>.

Rhymes with IGNOBLE


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