ignobly

ignoble

[ig-noh-buhl]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ignōbilis unknown, inglorious, equivalent to in- in-3 + OL gnōbilis (Latin nōbilis) noble

ignobility, ignobleness, noun
ignobly, adverb


1. degraded, dishonorable, ignominious, contemptible. 3. lowly, obscure, plebeian, peasant.


1. honorable. 2. superior.
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ignoble (ɪɡˈnəʊbəl)
 
adj
1.  dishonourable; base; despicable
2.  of low birth or origins; humble; common
3.  of low quality; inferior
4.  falconry
 a.  Compare noble designating short-winged hawks that capture their quarry by swiftness and adroitness of flight
 b.  designating quarry which is inferior or unworthy of pursuit by a particular species of hawk or falcon
 
[C16: from Latin ignōbilis, from in-1 + Old Latin gnōbilisnoble]
 
igno'bility
 
n
 
ig'nobleness
 
n
 
ig'nobly
 
adv

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ignoble
1447, from M.Fr. ignoble, from L. ignobilis "unknown, undistinguished, not noble," from in- "not" + nobilis "noble," infl. by Old L. gnobilis "known, famous, renowned, noble."
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