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Definition of "illiberal" []

  • Narrow-minded; bigoted. (adjective)
  • Archaic Ungenerous, mean, or stingy. (adjective)
  • Archaic Lacking liberal culture. (adjective)
  • Archaic Ill-bred; vulgar. (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.

Use "illiberal" in a sentence
  • "The public, who 'always incline to the humane fide, and efpoufe the caufe of the injured, as foon as the treatment I met with was known, took umbrage at what they termed illiberal proceeding towards a young adtrefs, and I believe in the end, the oppo - sition G. A."
  • "But I did mention the starkness (to my eyes) of certain illiberal tendencies on the left."
  • "I know how fear of losing decent, moderate voters to the Liberal Democrats has acted to restrain illiberal instincts among some Conservative politicians."