Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not noble in quality, character, or purpose; base or dishonorable. synonym: base.
  • adjective Not of high social status; common.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make ignoble or vile; degrade; disgrace; bring into disrepute.
  • Not noble; not illustrious; of low birth or station.
  • Not honorable or worthy; mean in character or quality; of no consideration or value.
  • In some technical uses, lacking distinction; of low grade; of little esteem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of low birth or family; not noble; not illustrious; plebeian; common; humble.
  • adjective Not honorable, elevated, or generous; base.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Not a true or noble falcon; -- said of certain hawks, as the goshawk.
  • transitive verb obsolete To make ignoble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not noble; plebeian; common.
  • adjective Not honorable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not of the nobility
  • adjective completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ignobilis, from in- (not) + gnobilis, later nobilis (noble)

Examples

  • He was highly vilified by foes and Nigerians in general for what they described as ignoble acts that questioned his credibility and brought disrespect to his office.

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  • He was highly vilified by foes and Nigerians in general for what they described as ignoble acts that questioned his credibility and brought disrespect to his office.

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  • Even the name of the award, a play on the word "ignoble," is meant to be deprecating.

    Announcing the Year’s Winners of the IgNobel Prize | Impact Lab

  • "If I use my discrimination, father, I call ignoble what my father calls natural."

    The Bride of Dreams

  • Flaubert has said that "the ignoble is the sublime of the lower slope."

    Promenades of an Impressionist

  • The heart, which is supposed to be the noble part of man, has the same form as the penis, which is the so-called ignoble part of man.

    Là-bas

  • Paaker's was, in fact, an ignoble, that is to say, a selfish nature; to shorten his road he trod down flowers as readily as he marched over the sand of the desert.

    Uarda : a Romance of Ancient Egypt — Volume 07

  • Paaker's was, in fact, an ignoble, that is to say, a selfish nature; to shorten his road he trod down flowers as readily as he marched over the sand of the desert.

    Uarda : a Romance of Ancient Egypt — Complete

  • Paaker's was, in fact, an ignoble, that is to say, a selfish nature; to shorten his road he trod down flowers as readily as he marched over the sand of the desert.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Georg Ebers Works

  • Paaker's was, in fact, an ignoble, that is to say, a selfish nature; to shorten his road he trod down flowers as readily as he marched over the sand of the desert.

    Uarda : a Romance of Ancient Egypt — Volume 07

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  • adjective: dishonorable

    In 1919, the World Series was rigged--an ignoble act which baseball took decades to recover from.

    October 20, 2016