- not generous in giving; miserly; stingy.
- Chiefly Literary. without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
Origin of illiberal
OTHER WORDS FROM illiberalil·lib·er·al·i·ty, il·lib·er·al·ness, il·lib·er·al·ism, nounil·lib·er·al·ly, adverb
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How to use illiberal in a sentence
In fact, because of Israel’s illiberal actions, Cypel frequently questions the country’s “legitimacy.”
For example, the major parties on the right in Canada and Australia have not become as illiberal as their American counterpart.Why The Two-Party System Is Effing Up U.S. Democracy|Lee Drutman (email@example.com)|June 16, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Which was the right thing to be, after all, because communism is as illiberal as fascism.Lauren Bacall Was Deeply Liberal and Deeply Anti-Communist|Michael Tomasky|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The refugees and civilian leaders believe the illiberal rhetoric from their armed allies reflect fundraising, not ideology.A New Start To U.S. Policy In Syria Can Save Lives|Tom Perriello|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prohibition (aka, the “war on drugs”) is an illiberal failure.D.C. Needs a Grassroots Fix That Will Come When Left and Right Find Common Ground|Lawrence Lessig|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At times it can lead people into some very illiberal little corners.
These days, instead, we witness elections followed by majoritarian mob rule—what Fareed Zakaria has called “illiberal democracy.”George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Our Era of Bipartisan Ineptitude|Lloyd Green|July 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A certain sum of money,—by no means illiberal as a present,—he had already extracted from the old man.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
Later in life he visited Cordova, already in its decline through the illiberal government of the Almoravid dynasty.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
He is cold, selfish and illiberal in his views, possessed of but little talent, and a physiognomy innocent of expression.Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity|Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard
I said that it was highly illiberal to make personal attacks on Mr. Bentham before a friend who held him in high estimation.Byron|Richard Edgcumbe
Such were the positive orders of that illiberal and corrupt minister,—Mr. Henry Dundas.