- narrowminded; bigoted.
- not generous in giving; miserly; niggardly; stingy.
- Chiefly Literary.without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
Origin of illiberal
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Examples from the Web for illiberalism
This illiberalism is a challenge for Christians and non Sunni Muslims, but is especially toxic for Jews.Syria's Rebels Really Hate the Jews
September 21, 2012
- narrow-minded; prejudiced; bigoted; intolerant
- not generous; mean
- lacking in culture or refinement
Word Origin and History for illiberalism
1530s, "ungentlemanly, base, mean," from Middle French illiberal (14c.), from Latin illiberalis "ungenerous, mean, sordid; unworthy of a freeman," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + liberalis (see liberal). A sense of "narrow-minded politically; unconcerned with the rights or liberties of others" is attested from 1640s, and might conceivably be revived to take up some of the burden that drags down conservative.