- 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 ignoble
America, and Americans, should reject “the doctrine of ignoble ease” that had emasculated the nation.American Dreams: ‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London
January 25, 2013
But I certainly do believe that Bashar, if facing defeat, prefers guaranteed safe-passage into exile rather than an ignoble death.Be Careful What You Wish For In Syria
December 7, 2012
In other words, it was a thing of beauty from a land of ignoble ugliness.Can You Root for North Korea?
June 15, 2010
Left unspoken was the ignoble thought: If we can't beat this guy, then what are we doing and what are we for?Will Britain's Conservatives Blow it?
February 28, 2010
Wrens and sparrows are not too ignoble a quarry for this villainous gos-hawk!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
I remained there, amazed and confused by the insolence of this ignoble brute.My Double Life
And vulgar, ignoble farce was turned into a great historical drama.The Fortune of the Rougons
We were agreed that parents should rule their children, the elder the younger, the noble the ignoble.Laws
It may be an ignoble thing to lie, but with what other weapon was I to fight this brigand?The Shame of Motley
- 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 ignoble
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