- 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
How to use illiberal in a sentence
There is no avoiding illiberality, under this belief,—as the philosopher understands illiberality.How to Observe|Harriet Martineau
It is hard to imagine any meanness or illiberality being generated in such a house.
Leave such illiberality to cousin Goodenough: it would be quite beneath you!Tales And Novels, Volume 2 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
They were the writings of a Scholar, a Gentleman and a Statesman, without personal sarcasm or illiberality of any kind.Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
George Hotspur sent the man his money, not without many curses on the illiberality of such a curmudgeon.Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite|Anthony Trollope