Origin of ignoble
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|Nathaniel Rich|January 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But I certainly do believe that Bashar, if facing defeat, prefers guaranteed safe-passage into exile rather than an ignoble death.
In other words, it was a thing of beauty from a land of ignoble ugliness.
Left unspoken was the ignoble thought: If we can't beat this guy, then what are we doing and what are we for?
I tell you, the ignoble intellect cannot think the truth, even within its own limits, and when it seriously tries!Latter-Day Pamphlets|Thomas Carlyle
Notwithstanding this ignoble beginning, Odin's reign was one of wisdom, power, and beneficence.Fairy Circles|Unknown
When Senators and Presidents bent to the ignoble behest, he stood firm.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume XI (of 20)|Charles Sumner
This was not because the men who paid court to her were all ignoble.The Mormon Prophet|Lily Dougall
But I cannot think any save the most ignoble criminals ever sat in a ducking-stool.Curious Punishments of Bygone Days|Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for ignoble
- 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 ignoble
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.