- of low character, aims, etc.; mean; base: his ignoble purposes.
- of low grade or quality; inferior.
- not noble; of humble descent or rank.
- Falconry. noting any hawk with short wings that chases or rakes after the quarry.
Origin of ignoble
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1. degraded, dishonorable, ignominious, contemptible. 3. lowly, obscure, plebeian, peasant.
1. honorable. 2. superior.
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Examples from the Web for ignobility
She directed her eyes upon Odd, and indeed his attitude assumed all the ignobility of the situation.The Dull Miss Archinard
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Nor let servants be admitted to give testimony, on account of the ignobility of their souls.The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)
Walter M. Chandler
After that event every new-born imp wore a flaccid, invertebrate, despondent tail—the very last insignium of ignobility.
There was a courage in this which he could not appreciate; the ignobility of his cowardice wholly occupying him.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
Alice was too noble herself to entertain suspicions of the ignobility of others.The Butterfly House
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- dishonourable; base; despicable
- of low birth or origins; humble; common
- of low quality; inferior
- designating short-winged hawks that capture their quarry by swiftness and adroitness of flightCompare noble (def. 7)
- designating quarry which is inferior or unworthy of pursuit by a particular species of hawk or falcon
C16: from Latin ignōbilis, from in- 1 + Old Latin gnōbilis noble
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Word Origin and History for ignobility
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