Definition of ignoble in English:

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Pronunciation: /iɡˈnōbəl/

adjective (ignobler, ignoblest)

1Not honorable in character or purpose: ignoble feelings of intense jealousy
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  • But the elevated, even chivalric, tone in which it is being conducted scarcely even masks its onesided and ignoble purpose.
  • The vicarious emotions that the accounts of the trial provoked range from the honourable, through the ignoble to the thoroughly perverse.
  • For we recognize that the powers made possible by biomedical science can be used for non-therapeutic or ignoble purposes, serving ends that range from the frivolous and disquieting to the offensive and pernicious.
dishonorable, unworthy, base, shameful, contemptible, despicable, dastardly, vile, degenerate, shabby, sordid, mean;
improper, unprincipled, discreditable;
humble, low, lowly, common, plebeian
2Of humble origin or social status: ignoble savages
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  • Yerby's characterization of Fancy is, therefore, ironic, emphasizing the ignoble origins of most Southerners.
  • Travellers from Marco Polo onwards had created a rich and often fanciful literature depicting the lives of noble and ignoble savages in varying states of nature.
  • All right, Tarzan has no black characters, not even servants, neither noble nor ignoble savages.



Pronunciation: /iɡˌnōˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • I took the Salon piece as an attempt to honestly portray an ignoble (not evil, but ignoble) side of human nature, without praising it and even while acknowledging its ignobility.
  • But viewed from another perspective, the Swedes have written a new chapter in ignobility, presenting the world's top literary honor to an author who considers his own work irrelevant.
  • It is almost an axiom that no man may make a career in politics in the Republic without stooping to such ignobility: it is as necessary as a loud voice.


Pronunciation: /-blē/
Example sentences
  • Nonetheless, Jenkins underlines his subject's vulnerability well, interspersing nuggets from Lear and Prospero with tag lines from the fish-stick commercials Welles ignobly resorted to in his old age.
  • April 1 marks their ignobly titled tin anniversary at the Rock, a 10-year innings that makes them one of the country's longest-running radio pairings.
  • Or maybe I would fall in, ignobly, with the packs of Hollywood runaways I had seen profiled sensationally on television news magazines.


Late Middle English (sense 2): from French, or from Latin ignobilis, from in- 'not' + gnobilis, older form of nobilis 'noble'.

Words that rhyme with ignoble

coble, ennoble, Froebel, global, Grenoble, noble

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Syllabification: ig·no·ble

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