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

  • adj. Narrow-minded; bigoted.
  • adj. Archaic Ungenerous, mean, or stingy.
  • adj. Archaic Lacking liberal culture.
  • adj. Archaic Ill-bred; vulgar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. restrictive to individual choice and freedom; authoritarian.
  • adj. narrow-minded; bigoted
  • adj. ungenerous, stingy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not liberal; not free or generous; close; niggardly; mean; sordid.
  • adj. Indicating a lack of breeding, culture, and the like; ignoble; rude; narrow-minded; disingenuous.
  • adj. Not well authorized or elegant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not liberal; ignoble.
  • Not catholic; of narrow or prejudiced opinions or judgment.
  • Not manifesting or not promoting high culture; contracted; vulgar; coarse.
  • Not elegant: as, illiberal Latin.

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

  • adj. narrow-minded about cherished opinions


Latin illīberālis : in-, not; see in-1 + līberālis, liberal; see liberal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From il- +‎ liberal. (Wiktionary)



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