illiberal

adjective il·lib·er·al \ (ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-b(ə-)rəl \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of illiberal

: not liberal: such as
a archaic
(1) : lacking a liberal education
(2) : lacking culture and refinement
b : not requiring the background of a liberal arts education
  • illiberal occupations
c archaic : not generous : stingy
d : not broad-minded : bigoted
  • illiberal thinking
e : opposed to liberalism
  • illiberal tendencies

illiberality

play \(ˌ)i(l)-ˌli-bə-ˈra-lə-tē\ noun

illiberally

play \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-b(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

illiberalness

play \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-b(ə-)rəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of illiberal in a Sentence

  1. an illiberal attitude toward sex

  2. an illiberal society that viewed any artistic depiction of the nude as inherently indecent

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Origin and Etymology of illiberal

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin illiberalis ignoble, stingy, from Latin in- + liberalis liberal


ILLIBERAL Defined for English Language Learners

illiberal

adjective

Definition of illiberal for English Language Learners

  • : not allowing people to think and act as they choose : not liberal


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