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ignoble

[ig-noh-buh l] /ɪgˈnoʊ bəl/
adjective
1.
of low character, aims, etc.; mean; base:
his ignoble purposes.
2.
of low grade or quality; inferior.
3.
not noble; of humble descent or rank.
4.
Falconry. noting any hawk with short wings that chases or rakes after the quarry.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin ignōbilis unknown, inglorious, equivalent to in- in-3 + OL gnōbilis (Latin nōbilis) noble
Related forms
ignobility, ignobleness, noun
ignobly, adverb
Synonyms
1. degraded, dishonorable, ignominious, contemptible. 3. lowly, obscure, plebeian, peasant.
Antonyms
1. honorable. 2. superior.
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British Dictionary definitions for ignobility

ignoble

/ɪɡˈnəʊbəl/
adjective
1.
dishonourable; base; despicable
2.
of low birth or origins; humble; common
3.
of low quality; inferior
4.
(falconry)
  1. designating short-winged hawks that capture their quarry by swiftness and adroitness of flight Compare noble (sense 7)
  2. designating quarry which is inferior or unworthy of pursuit by a particular species of hawk or falcon
Derived Forms
ignobility, ignobleness, noun
ignobly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ignōbilis, from in-1 + Old Latin gnōbilisnoble
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Word Origin and History for ignobility

ignoble

adj.

mid-15c., "of low birth," from Middle French ignoble, from Latin ignobilis "unknown, undistinguished, obscure; of base birth, not noble," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + gnobilis "well-known, famous, renowned, of superior birth" (see noble). Related: Ignobly.

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