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Meaning of IGNOBLE

Pronunciation:  ig'nowbul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose; "something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude"; "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  2. [adj]  not of the nobility; "of ignoble (or ungentle) birth"; "untitled civilians"

IGNOBLE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: base, contemptible, currish, despicable, dishonorable, dishonourable, lowborn, mean, meanspirited, ungentle, untitled
 Antonyms: noble
 See Also: coward(a), cowardly, fearful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ig*no"ble\, a. [L. ignobilis; pref. in- not + nobilis
    noble: cf. F. ignoble. See {In-} not, and {Noble}, a.]
    1. Of low birth or family; not noble; not illustrious;
       plebeian; common; humble.
             I was not ignoble of descent.         --Shak.
             Her royal stock graft with ignoble plants. --Shak.
    2. Not honorable, elevated, or generous; base.
             'T but a base, ignoble mind, That mounts no higher
             than a bird can soar.                 --Shak.
             Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife. --Gray.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) Not a true or noble falcon; -- said of certain
       hawks, as the goshawk.
    Syn: Degenerate; degraded; mean; base; dishonorable;
         reproachful; disgraceful; shameful; scandalous;
  2. \Ig*no"ble\, v. t.
    To make ignoble. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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