- not generous in giving; miserly; niggardly; stingy.
- Chiefly Literary. without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
Examples from the Web for illiberality
Its illiberality and untruth render it very unfit for a "Family Library," for which it was composed.
I met with much more cause for admiration in their frankness than reason to complain of illiberality.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)|Harriet Martineau
Still, he was far from the illiberality of denying that philosophy duly bounded was not permissible.The Confidence-Man|Herman Melville
The slightest hint at retaliation would have such an effect in the Assembly as to stop the onward career of illiberality.Lord Lyons: A Record of British Diplomacy, Vol. 2 of 2|Thomas Wodehouse Legh Newton
The people here appear to possess instincts of self-preservation and illiberality.Strictly Business|O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for illiberality
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.