adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin ignobilis, from in- + Old Latin gnobilis noble Date: 15th century 1. of low birth or common origin ; plebeian 2. characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness Synonyms: see meanignobility nounignobleness nounignobly adverb

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  • ignoble — [ iɲɔbl ] adj. • 1694 fig. « grossier, sans distinction »; fin XIVe innoble « roturier »; lat. ignobilis « non noble » 1 ♦ (1718) Qui est vil, moralement bas. ⇒ abject, infâme. C est un personnage ignoble. Un ignoble individu. Conduite ignoble.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ignoble — Ig*no ble, a. [L. ignobilis; pref. in not + nobilis noble: cf. F. ignoble. See {In } not, and {Noble}, a.] 1. Of low birth or family; not noble; not illustrious; plebeian; common; humble. [1913 Webster] I was not ignoble of descent. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ignoble — IGNOBLE. adj. de tout genre. Bas, qui sent le roturier l homme de basse extraction. Air ignoble, taille, mine ignoble, procedé ignoble …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Ignoble — Ig*no ble, v. t. To make ignoble. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ignoble — (ant.) adj. Innoble. * * * ignoble. adj. desus. innoble …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • ignoble — (adj.) mid 15c., of low birth, from M.Fr. ignoble, from L. ignobilis unknown, undistinguished, obscure; of base birth, not noble, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + gnobilis well known, famous, renowned, of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ignoble — I adjective abject, base, baseborn, beggarly, below par, boorish, common, contemptible, corrupt, cowardly, craven, debased, degenerate, degraded, depraved, despicable, discreditable, disgraceful, dishonest, dishonorable, disreputable, humble,… …   Law dictionary

  • ignoble — *mean, sordid, abject Analogous words: *base, low, vile: churlish, boorish, loutish (see under BOOR): *petty, puny, paltry, measly, trivial: abased, debased, degraded (see ABASE) Antonyms: noble: magnanimous Contrasted words: lofty, *high:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ignoble — [adj] lowly, unworthy abject, base, baseborn, coarse, common, contemptible, corrupt, craven, dastardly, degenerate, degraded, despicable, disgraceful, dishonorable, heinous, humble, infamous, inferior, lewd, low, mean, menial, modest, ordinary,… …   New thesaurus

  • ignoble — adj. desus. innoble …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • ignoble — ► ADJECTIVE (ignobler, ignoblest) 1) not honourable. 2) of humble origin or social status. DERIVATIVES ignobly adverb. ORIGIN Latin ignobilis, from in not + gnobilis noble …   English terms dictionary

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