ignoble


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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.

ignoble

(ɪɡˈnəʊbəl)
adj
1. dishonourable; base; despicable
2. of low birth or origins; humble; common
3. of low quality; inferior
4. (Falconry) falconry
a. designating short-winged hawks that capture their quarry by swiftness and adroitness of flight. Compare noble7
b. designating quarry which is inferior or unworthy of pursuit by a particular species of hawk or falcon
[C16: from Latin ignōbilis, from in-1 + Old Latin gnōbilis noble]
ˌignoˈbility, igˈnobleness n
igˈnobly adv

ig•no•ble

(ɪgˈnoʊ bəl)

adj.
1. of low character; mean; base: ignoble purposes.
2. of humble descent or rank.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ignōbilis unknown, inglorious =in- in-3 + Old Latin gnōbilis (Latin nōbilis) noble]
ig`no•bil′i•ty, ig•no′ble•ness, n.
ig•no′bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ignoble - 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.
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley
contemptible - deserving of contempt or scorn
dishonorable, dishonourable - lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor; "dishonorable in thought and deed"
noble - having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds"
2.ignoble - not of the nobilityignoble - not of the nobility; "of ignoble (or ungentle) birth"; "untitled civilians"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"

ignoble

adjective
2. lowly, mean, low, base, common, peasant, vulgar, plebeian, humble, lowborn (rare), baseborn (archaic) They wanted to spare him the shame of an ignoble birth.

ignoble

adjective
1. Having or proceeding from low moral standards:
2. Lacking high station or birth:
Archaic: base.
Translations
دَنيء، خَسيس
nečestný
lavuværdigvanærende
gemeinignobel
auvirîilegur, fyrirlitlegur; ógeîslegur
niekingumas
nekrietnszemisks
alçakşerefsiz

ignoble

[ɪgˈnəʊbl] ADJ (frm) → innoble, vil

ignoble

[ɪgˈnəʊbəl] adjignoble, indigne

ignoble

[ɪgˈnəʊbl] adjignobile

ignoble

(igˈnoubl) adjective
shameful. an ignoble action.
igˈnobleness noun
igˈnobly adverb
References in classic literature ?
I wonder what the old man wants with this lump of foul lard, said Stubb, not without some disgust at the thought of having to do with so ignoble a leviathan.
Then personal appearance sympathised with mental deterioration: he acquired a slouching gait and ignoble look; his naturally reserved disposition was exaggerated into an almost idiotic excess of unsociable moroseness; and he took a grim pleasure, apparently, in exciting the aversion rather than the esteem of his few acquaintance.
I was so sensitively aware, indeed, of being younger than I could have wished, that for some time I could not make up my mind to pass her at all, under the ignoble circumstances of the case; but, hearing her there with a broom, stood peeping out of window at King Charles on horseback, surrounded by a maze of hackney-coaches, and looking anything but regal in a drizzling rain and a dark-brown fog, until I was admonished by the waiter that the gentleman was waiting for me.
It finds ignoble occupation as a gaping-ground for the vacuous tourist,--somewhat as Heine might have imagined Pan carrying the gentleman's luggage from the coach to the hotel.
Thus BELIAL with words cloath'd in reasons garb Counsel'd ignoble ease, and peaceful sloath, Not peace: and after him thus MAMMON spake.
In the anteroom he found his attendant Anwold, who, taking the torch from the hand of the waiting-maid, conducted him with more haste than ceremony to an exterior and ignoble part of the building, where a number of small apartments, or rather cells, served for sleeping places to the lower order of domestics, and to strangers of mean degree.
It was some foul parody, some infamous ignoble satire.
If, according to the noble precept, it be lawful to accept good advice even from an enemy, shall we set the ignoble example of refusing such advice even when it is offered by our friends?
de Chateaubriand against the throne, --an ungrateful opposition based on ignoble interests, which was one cause of the triumph of the bourgeoisie and journalism in 1830.
Objects which in themselves we view with pain, we delight to contemplate when reproduced with minute fidelity: such as the forms of the most ignoble animals and of dead bodies.
Cranmer-Byng, like many cross-cultural scholars, seems to have fallen into the trap of seeing only noble things afar, and only ignoble things at hand.
I, for instance, would not be in the least surprised if all of a sudden, a propos of nothing, in the midst of general prosperity a gentleman with an ignoble, or rather with a reactionary and ironical, countenance were to arise and, putting his arms akimbo, say to us all: "I say, gentleman, hadn't we better kick over the whole show and scatter rationalism to the winds, simply to send these logarithms to the devil, and to enable us to live once more at our own sweet foolish will