- narrowminded; bigoted.
- not generous in giving; miserly; niggardly; stingy.
- Chiefly Literary.without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
Origin of illiberal
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Related Wordsbigotry, enmity, discrimination, racism, bias, preconception, injustice, sexism, animosity, chauvinism, xenophobia, segregation, apartheid, unfairness, intolerance, favoritism, tilt, prejudice, preference, leaning
Examples from the Web for illiberality
Forgive me, if you can, for a touch of illiberality about your paper.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
He readily obtained sympathy, and many persons were disgusted at Sir Charles's illiberality in not making him some compensation.A Terrible Temptation
Where men resolve to be ungrateful, it is natural that they should be illiberal; and illiberality often hardens into malignity.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 2 (of 2)
John Ayrton Paris
The first view has in it the liberal principle; in the second, illiberality is concealed.The Ego and His Own
Its illiberality and untruth render it very unfit for a "Family Library," for which it was composed.
- narrow-minded; prejudiced; bigoted; intolerant
- not generous; mean
- lacking in culture or refinement
Word Origin and History for illiberality
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.