- not generous in giving; miserly; stingy.
- Chiefly Literary. without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
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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
Example sentences from the Web for illiberal
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