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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
Great careers, like great friendships, often have ignoble beginnings, and who can really script their endings?
DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Montgomery County, Ohio, blame America's opioid crisis for an ignoble title: the overdose capital of America.
But for any such venture to succeed, the balance between welcome exposure to new frontiers and noble (sometimes ignoble) failures must be weighted toward the former....
Rather than suffer ignoble death at Vortigern’s hand, Uther Pendragon throws Excalibur into the air and receives it, kneeling, to the back of the neck.
More stars who have received the ignoble honor of having an F.B.I. file include Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Diana.
With Comey’s sacking, Christie’s ignoble fealty could finally pay off.
A librarian at the University of Cambridge rescued the leaf from its ignoble fate in 1820, but did not seem to have realized that the text was a Caxton original.
A’s: April comes to ignoble end with loss to A.L. West-leading Astros The A’s finish 11-14 this month, including a 9-13 record against American League West rivals, following a 7-2 loss in Houston on Sunday.
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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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