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Examples of ignoble in a sentence
an ignoble child who would one day grow up to be a prince among playwrights
such an ignoble act is completely unworthy of a military officer
Did You Know?
The word noble, in addition to referring to someone born to aristocratic ranks, can also be used to describe someone of outstanding character. That word first appeared in English in the 13th century, and its antonym, "ignoble," came about two centuries later. Ignoble derives via Middle English and Middle French from the Latin prefix in- ("not") and the Old Latin gnobilis ("noble"). Originally, "ignoble" described someone born to common or plebeian origins, but by the late 16th century it had come to describe people of dishonorable character, or the actions performed by such people.
Origin and Etymology 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
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