- not generous in giving; miserly; niggardly; stingy.
- Chiefly Literary.without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
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Contemporary Examples of illiberalism
This illiberalism is a challenge for Christians and non Sunni Muslims, but is especially toxic for Jews.Syria's Rebels Really Hate the Jews
September 21, 2012
Historical Examples of illiberalism
1530s, "ungentlemanly, base, mean," from Middle French illiberal (14c.), from Latin illiberalis "ungenerous, mean, sordid; unworthy of a freeman," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + liberalis (see liberal). A sense of "narrow-minded politically; unconcerned with the rights or liberties of others" is attested from 1640s, and might conceivably be revived to take up some of the burden that drags down conservative.