mean, ignoble, abject, sordid mean being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity. mean suggests small-mindedness, ill temper, or cupidity.
mean and petty satireignoble suggests a loss or lack of some essential high quality of mind or spirit.
an ignoble scramble after material possessions abject may imply degradation, debasement, or servility.
abject povertysordid is stronger than all of these in stressing physical or spiritual degradation and abjectness.
a sordid story of murder and revenge
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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.
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 on the WebThe 2016 election gave us the ignoble spectacle of Donald Trump's campaign for president, including two surprise upsets — first Trump's victory in the GOP primaries, and then his shocking defeat of Hillary Clinton.
Damon Linker, The Week, 31 Dec. 2021 Fortunately, the ignoble fate did not come to pass, and the structure has now reopened as a learning center for Arizona State University.
Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2021 But none is quite as ignoble as being razed to make way for a parking lot.
Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 In what was a comparatively ignoble end to an otherwise vibrant October at the domestic box office, Dune dropped 62% and still topped the charts with $15.53 million.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 And just like that, Jerry Jones’ California dreaming was about to suffer an ignoble death.
Barry Horn, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 Goff is doing his best to focus on the future, rather than that ignoble playoff drought (the second-longest active streak behind the Cincinnati Bengals, whose last playoff win came Jan. 6, 1991).
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Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 24 Aug. 2021 And given what followed, General Gromov’s march became emblematic of the ignoble end to the Soviet war.
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