- 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
Instead, respect for facts also led him often to conservative, even illiberal, opinions.What the Supreme Court Loses With Justice Breyer's Retirement|Aziz Huq|June 30, 2022|Time
If they are too hostile, then they might find themselves villainized and restricted, as in other illiberal democracies.The World Should Be Worried About a Dictator’s Son's Apparent Win in the Philippines|Jonathan Corpus Ong|May 10, 2022|Time
Peter Marki-Zay, the man who challenged Orbán in national elections on April 3 on behalf of a united opposition, warned of worsening isolation under Orban’s “illiberal” model and likened him to a “traitor” putting Hungarians at risk.Anti-LGBTQ Hungarian prime minister declares victory in country’s elections|Brody Levesque|April 3, 2022|Washington Blade
The deeper India drifts into the abyss of an illiberal future, the more it looks to its past to justify its regression.The Kashmir Files: How a New Bollywood Film Marks India’s Further Descent Into Bigotry|Debasish Roy Chowdhury|March 30, 2022|Time
In fields where standards are yet to be established, like internet governance, Beijing works with Moscow and other illiberal nations to push standards that align with their interests.How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Change the Global Order Forever|Charlie Campbell|February 24, 2022|Time
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.