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IGNOBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ignoble mean? 

IGNOBLE (adjective)
  The adjective IGNOBLE has 2 senses:

1. completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
2. not of the nobility

  Familiarity information: IGNOBLE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IGNOBLE (adjective)


Sense 1ignoble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose

Context examples:

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

Similar:

base; mean; meanspirited (having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality)

currish (base and cowardly)

dishonorable; dishonourable (morally unacceptable)

Also:

cowardly; fearful (lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted)

contemptible (deserving of contempt or scorn)

dishonorable; dishonourable (lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor)

Attribute:

grandeur; magnanimousness; nobility; nobleness (the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct)

Antonym:

noble (having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character)


Sense 2ignoble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not of the nobility

Synonyms:

ungentle; ignoble; untitled

Context examples:

of ignoble (or ungentle) birth / untitled civilians

Similar:

lowborn (of humble birth or origins)


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