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Of humble birth.


(ˌləʊˈbɔːn) or


of ignoble or common parentage; not royal or noble



of humble birth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"
low-class, lower-class - occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society
noble - of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of noble birth"


[ˈləʊˈbɔːn] ADJde humilde cuna
References in classic literature ?
I am a lowborn, miserable villain," declared the Chief Steward, humbly.
A dozen bands of cut-throats he had driven from the Derby hills, and though the barons would much rather have had all the rest than he, the peasants worshipped him as a deliverer from the lowborn murderers who had been wont to despoil the weak and lowly and on whose account the women of the huts and cottages had never been safe.
With the luck of someone lowborn and sad his name matched his features "Glotcheck.
Introduced as a corrective to the modern critical tendency to interpret early modern dramatic representations of manual laborers as merely derisive, Arab's first monograph, which focuses on representations of staged work performed by lowly mechanicals, argues that period depictions position common workers as key figures, invest artisans with considerable cultural value, and construct lowborn men as potential exemplars of English manhood.
Southerne combines his Aboan with another character in Behn's work: Tuscan, a lowborn slave who participates in Oroonoko's uprising.
As Paul Grendler explains in his excellent 1969 monograph on the poligrafi, these tended to be lowborn men whose lives were characterized by uncertain finances, frequent travel, and a pervasive sense of being on the outside of the mainstream culture.
Rackstraw is really a nobly born patrician, while the captain is, in truth, lowborn.
10) Onstage slumber highlights both the disruptive instability of the lowborn laborer's socioeconomic position and the theatrical uses to which such instability can be put.
35) As far as Coriolanus is concerned, to be lowborn and of "base" occupation is to be too soft in body, too loose in morals, and too effeminate in spirit to be a true warrior, or even to merit courteous speech from the "good and honest.
99) The first instalment of Collier's The Tsar's Dragons tells the epic historical saga based on the true story of how John Hughes, a lowborn, illiterate Welshman, founded Russia's iron industry on the steppes of the Ukraine.
Davos Seaworth, the lowborn smuggler knighted and raised to be Stannis's hand, was knocked off of his burning ship into the Blackwater, left to an uncertain fate.
In the chapter on romantic comedy, Arab places her examination of Shakespeare's and Lyly's lowborn characters in the context of Castiglione's discussion of aristocratic manliness as either performative or as evidence of the innate superiority of gentle blood.