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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.
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Noun1.ignobility - the quality of being ignoble
dishonorableness, dishonourableness - the quality of not deserving honor or respect
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For example, with a sneer at the ignobility of government, Virgil Thomson asserts the independence of art from politics.
It has taken the shape of deliberate division along identity lines - a grave condition of blubberlike and swollen ignobility heedless of a higher life.
(6) If Burgos, as a center of ignobility, displeases the Cid, he will find new centers.
Arnold writes about the ballad as if there is a critical consensus as to what this genre is or does-as if all agree about its style, its manner, its meter, its ignobility. Because of the importance of Arnold as a Victorian thinker and critic, his side of the debate overshadows his contemporary opponents; On Translating Homer effectively constructed a critical consensus out of what had been a more diverse set of assumptions about the ballad, its characteristics, and its connotations.
Although Coriolanus's inherited economic values forbid him to practice any trade, in order to escape the ignobility and "voluptuous" effeminacy that would fall upon him if he were to "idly sit" as his inferiors do, he does require some form of physical and civic activity (2.2.70).
The Yoruba social structure is embedded with normative values that abhors ignobility among the aged in all ramifications.
In Calvin's Institutes, the reprobate sinner is used as evidence of election, and Ames appeals directly to this doctrine of the "son of perdition" as a means of understanding Jack's perceived ignobility (223).