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illiberal

[ ih-lib-er-uhl, ih-lib-ruhl ]
/ ɪˈlɪb ər əl, ɪˈlɪb rəl /
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adjective
narrowminded; bigoted.
Archaic.
  1. not generous in giving; miserly; stingy.
  2. Chiefly Literary. without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
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Origin of illiberal

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin illīberālis “ignoble, mean”; see il-2, liberal

OTHER WORDS FROM illiberal

il·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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British Dictionary definitions for illiberal

illiberal
/ (ɪˈlɪbərəl) /

adjective
narrow-minded; prejudiced; bigoted; intolerant
not generous; mean
lacking in culture or refinement

Derived forms of illiberal

illiberality, illiberalness or illiberalism, nounilliberally, adverb
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