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Friday, September 14, 2007

Definitions for ignoble

  1. Of low birth or family; not noble; not illustrious; plebeian; common; humble.
  2. Not noble in quality, character, or purpose; characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness.

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Citations for ignoble
Heroes are only human. Their noble deeds inspire, as they should. Their ignoble deeds make clear that even the greatest human is no god. Don Wyclif, New York Times
Although she returns to Ireland, Billy counts on her coming back to marry him, and when Dennis tells him she has died from pneumonia, he's shattered for life, drowning his romantic sorrow in alcohol and sliding passively toward a drunk's ignoble death. Celia McGee, USA Today
Origin of ignoble
late Middle English
1400-1450
Ignoble derives from Latin ignobilis, from in- "not" + nobilis (Old Latin gnobilis), "noble."