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  • n. The state or quality of being illiberal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Illiberality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Illiberality.


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illiberal +‎ -ism


  • Some of the brighter young Tories have worked out that Blair's illiberalism is an area of vulnerability that opposition parties can exploit.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • I am sure it was an era of bad food, lower life expectancy, the reek of tobacco and what we would now call illiberalism, but I love it.


  • I want to suggest that "high crimes and misdemeanors" need not be THAT literal either, and that it avails us still to "let off steam," especially the toxic kind of illiberalism that would undermine a pluralistic liberal democracy that the Founders would never, ever have countenanced to be subverted.


  • They expose this "liberal" society's deep paradoxes and illiberalism (see the very illeberal Liberal Conspiracy for many examples).

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • They now find themselves at the head of a pro-democracy and pro-reform movement that seeks to defy the very essence of illiberalism and authoritarianism in Iran.

    Ramin Jahanbegloo: Iran's Crisis of Legitimacy

  • But Buruma ultimately portrays him as a likeable sort, someone whose illiberalism has been trumped up by his detractors.

    Mark Oppenheimer: A Demolition of Ian Buruma

  • But one day he witnesses how Western markets mix with Russian illiberalism: The patrons of a Stefano Ricci clothing store are hustled out as men with submachine guns take up posts at the entrance.

    Documents and Disorder

  • At one point, in London, the frustrated suitors achieve displaced catharsis by beating up a Pakistani cabdriver, whose illiberalism has tried their tolerance.

    The Triumph of Roberto Bolaño

  • There is scope abundant for Liberalism and illiberalism in personal conduct.


  • As the area of his experience extended it came to him that living was more than believing, that it was not every one who professed faith in Jesus had love for him in the heart; and that there were many whom his own illiberalism had rated as depraved and wicked on mere points of doctrine, who, nevertheless, shamed by the blamelessness and nobility of their conduct multitudes of ardent Christians of the lip-service sort.

    William Lloyd Garrison The Abolitionist


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