ignoble
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ɪɡˈnəʊbəl/
Adjective

ignoble (comparative ignobler, superlative ignoblest)

  1. Not noble; plebeian; common.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      I was not ignoble of descent.
  2. Not honorable; base.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      A base, ignoble mind, / That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
    • far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife
  3. Not a true or "noble" falcon; said of certain hawks, such as the goshawk.
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