ignobility


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ig·no·ble

 (ĭg-nō′bəl)
adj.
1. Not noble in quality, character, or purpose; base or dishonorable. See Synonyms at base2.
2. Not of high social status; common.

[Middle English, of low birth, from Old French, from Latin ignōbilis : i-, in-, not; see in-1 + nōbilis, gnōbilis, noble; see noble.]

ig′no·bil′i·ty (-bĭl′ĭ-tē), ig·no′ble·ness n.
ig·no′bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ignobility - the quality of being ignoble
dishonorableness, dishonourableness - the quality of not deserving honor or respect
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