illiberal

[ ih-lib-er-uhl, ih-lib-ruhl ]
/ ɪˈlɪb ər əl, ɪˈlɪb rəl /

adjective

narrowminded; bigoted.
Archaic.
  1. not generous in giving; miserly; niggardly; stingy.
  2. Chiefly Literary. without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.

Origin of illiberal

From the Latin word illīberālis, dating back to 1525–35. See il-2, liberal

Related forms

il·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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illiberal

/ (ɪˈlɪbərəl) /

adjective

narrow-minded; prejudiced; bigoted; intolerant
not generous; mean
lacking in culture or refinement

Derived Forms

illiberality, illiberalness or illiberalism, nounilliberally, adverb
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