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1. Ignoble; contemptible.
a. Offensive Born to parents not married to each other.
b. Of humble birth.


1. born of humble parents
2. illegitimate
3. mean; contemptible



1. of humble parentage.
2. illegitimate.
3. having a base character or nature; mean.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.baseborn - of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)baseborn - of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"
2.baseborn - illegitimate
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
illegitimate - of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful


1. Born to parents who are not married to each other:
2. Lacking high station or birth:
Archaic: base.
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In addition to creating fears in England of clerical domination of elderships and classes, the perceived paucity of socially respectable ruling-elder candidates at the parish level also led to fears that baseborn men might be put in a position to judge their social and intellectual betters.
Bailey's beautifully enunciated, pleasantly pitched, expressive and elegant voice is perfectly suited to this huge biography of a relatively little-known but intriguing figure in English history: baseborn Perkin Warbeck or Richard Plantagenet, one of the two little princes incarcerated in the Tower of London and presumably murdered by Richard III.