- 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 ignobly
Certainly no man ever fell so ignobly, and by such ignoble instruments, as I did.De Profundis
Never was warrior so ignobly driven or dragged from a field of victory.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
I have said that Gilroy's parting warning rankled in his breast, but not ignobly.Susy, A Story of the Plains
And not only has it failed in its management, but it has failed deplorably, ignobly, horribly.Revolution and Other Essays
I was born to the position, but I served you proudly, not ignobly.Robert Tournay
- 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 ignobly
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