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illiberal

[ih-lib-er-uh l, ih-lib-ruh l] /ɪˈlɪb ər əl, ɪˈlɪb rəl/
adjective
1.
narrowminded; bigoted.
2.
Archaic.
  1. not generous in giving; miserly; niggardly; stingy.
  2. Chiefly Literary. without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin illīberālis. See il-2, liberal
Related forms
illiberality, illiberalness, illiberalism, noun
illiberally, adverb
Synonyms
1. biased, intolerant, hidebound, small-minded.
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British Dictionary definitions for illiberality

illiberal

/ɪˈlɪbərəl/
adjective
1.
narrow-minded; prejudiced; bigoted; intolerant
2.
not generous; mean
3.
lacking in culture or refinement
Derived Forms
illiberality, illiberalness, illiberalism, noun
illiberally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for illiberality

illiberal

adj.

1530s, "ungentlemanly, base, mean," from Middle French illiberal (14c.), from Latin illiberalis "ungenerous, mean, sordid; unworthy of a freeman," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + liberalis (see liberal). A sense of "narrow-minded politically; unconcerned with the rights or liberties of others" is attested from 1640s, and might conceivably be revived to take up some of the burden that drags down conservative.

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