Origin of ignoble
Examples from the Web for ignobility
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
Alice was too noble herself to entertain suspicions of the ignobility of others.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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
After that event every new-born imp wore a flaccid, invertebrate, despondent tail—the very last insignium of 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
British Dictionary definitions for ignobility
- 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
Word Origin for ignoble
Word Origin and History for ignobility
mid-15c., "of low birth," from Middle French ignoble, from Latin ignobilis "unknown, undistinguished, obscure; of base birth, not noble," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + gnobilis "well-known, famous, renowned, of superior birth" (see noble). Related: Ignobly.