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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 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.
Freddie's has been forced to close because the building isn't up to code, an ignoble ending to an inherently noble drinking hole.
This year, however, has the ignoble distinction of being 2017, meaning there‘s no shortage of acutely dire causes to support.
Bannon’s ignoble legacy is falsely convincing Trump that appeals to race-identity politics that may win in the short run is also a long-run governing strategy.
The departure of Murray, a 62-year-old Democrat and the state’s most prominent gay politician, brings an ignoble end to a 22-year career in public office, including 18 as a state lawmaker.
Great careers, like great friendships, often have ignoble beginnings, and who can really script their endings?
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbaseborn, common, humble, inferior, low, lowborn, lower-class, low-life, lowly, lumpen, mean, plebeian, prole, proletarian, unwashed, vulgar
Antonymsaristocratic, blue-blooded, genteel, gentle, grand, great, high, highborn, highbred, lofty, noble, partrician, upper-class, upper-crust, wellborn
Related Wordsbourgeois, middle-class; plain, poor, simple, working-class; déclassé, down-market, downscale
Near Antonymseminent, illustrious, notable, prominent
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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