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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
The announcement late Friday marked an ignoble end for the embattled university executive, whose tenure had been overshadowed by recent scandals tarnishing the reputation of one of Southern California's premier educational institutions.
The principal adults in the story reveal that they are driven chiefly by ignoble motives.
This would mark an ignoble end to a promising political career.
There is nothing at all ignoble about an approachable, crowd-pleasing menu made with care and served by a chummy cast of characters in a boisterous, marketing-friendly environment.
O’Hara, who has directed his own play, has the nerve to add a plea for a charitable donation to Planned Parenthood at the curtain call, conscripting a noble organization into this ignoble theatrical mashup.
The topic of the Iliad is a tantrum; of Lear preposterous and bloody-minded perversity, of Anna [Karenina] and Emma Bovary [sic] sordid adulteries: the action is for the most part ignoble.
In his imaginary world, leaders of an ignoble nation begin to enslave children, and this atrocity sets off a world war in which millions perish.
That would be an ignoble fate for a structure borne of such ambition.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of ignoble
- mean and petty satire
- an ignoble scramble after material possessions
- abject poverty
- a sordid story of murder and revenge
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