Definitions for: Ignoble


[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.
[adj] not of the nobility; "of ignoble (or ungentle) birth"; "untitled civilians"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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;
infamous.


Ig*no"ble, v. t.
To make ignoble. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Synonyms: base, contemptible, currish, despicable, dishonorable, dishonourable, lowborn, mean, meanspirited, ungentle, untitled

Antonyms: noble

See Also: coward(a), cowardly, fearful

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