Definition of "ignoble" []

  • Not noble in quality, character, or purpose; base or mean. See Synonyms at mean2. (adjective)
  • Not of the nobility; common. (adjective)
  • Dishonourable; base; despicable (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of low birth or origins; humble; common (adjective)
  • Of low quality; inferior (adjective)
  • Designating short-winged hawks that capture their quarry by swiftness and adroitness of flight (adjective)
  • Designating quarry which is inferior or unworthy of pursuit by a particular species of hawk or falcon (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ignoble" in a sentence
  • "He was highly vilified by foes and Nigerians in general for what they described as ignoble acts that questioned his credibility and brought disrespect to his office."
  • "Even the name of the award, a play on the word "ignoble," is meant to be deprecating."
  • ""If I use my discrimination, father, I call ignoble what my father calls natural.""