AskDefine | Define ignoble

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ignoble adj
1 completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose; "something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude"; "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. [ant: noble]
2 not of the nobility; "of ignoble (or ungentle) birth"; "untitled civilians" [syn: ungentle, untitled]

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English

Etymology

From Latin ignobilis, from in- (not) + nobilis (noble)

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Not noble; plebian; common.
  2. Not honorable.

Translations

Not noble; plebian; common
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