- not generous in giving; miserly; niggardly; stingy.
- Chiefly Literary. without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
Related formsil·lib·er·al·i·ty, il·lib·er·al·ness, il·lib·er·al·ism, nounil·lib·er·al·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for illiberal
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
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
And this worldview clashes not only with the secular left and illiberal right in the government.
To what can this unjust, this illiberal feeling be attributed?Curiosities of Medical Experience|J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
It is also very proper to banish, both from their hearing and sight, everything which is illiberal and the like.Politics|Aristotle
The surprising thing is that in this illiberal world they travel so freely.The Crow's Nest|Clarence Day, Jr.
The motive was illiberal and dishonest, and showed that more than sixty years had not been able to teach him morality.Lives of the English Poets: Waller, Milton, Cowley|Samuel Johnson
The viceroy does not send the orders which are given him from there; they can not be so illiberal.