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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
Recent Examples of ignoble from the Web
To its critics, whitewashing is as ignoble as blackface and will be judged by history just as harshly.
While England slumps ever further into ignoble disarray, Amis’s book may help maintain in me, for a little while longer, our laughable yet indelible sense of British superiority.
So the Democratic Republic of Congo joined an ignoble list of armies known for harming civilians while serving under the United Nations blue flag.
Western militaries have an ignoble history of using abstract battlefield metaphors to justify killing people.
There were cautionary tales in the form of the ignoble chutes of any number of the fashion brands founded by his friends and contemporaries who had been less scrupulous in protecting their legacies.
The NSA’s use of covert domain names puts it in some ignoble company.
In Taormina--rugged Sicily's most hospitable town, Italy's most underrated destination--the magnificent hotel built from a fifteenth-century monastery had suffered as ignoble a fate as any.
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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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