Adjective "Ignoble" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not honourable in character or purpose.
  1. 'There is also a strong message that vengeance is ignoble, and sacrificing oneself for any higher cause is honorable.'
  2. 'But the elevated, even chivalric, tone in which it is being conducted scarcely even masks its onesided and ignoble purpose.'
  3. 'Still, I can't help but wonder aloud if now that credits credit almost everyone, it isn't far more ignoble to say that writing a large chunk of a movie still doesn't deserve even cursory recognition.'
  4. 'Circumstances might occasion modification of the principles, but there was nothing ignoble in the tradition of beginning with strong prima facie respect for inherited wisdom and being cautious in departing from it.'
  5. 'Of course it is ignoble to invoke the nanny state in order to correct your own personal weakness, but at least my friends' motives were somehow honest, and based on intimate knowledge of the people they knew best - themselves.'
  6. 'Somehow, over the past decade, the duty to protect open government has been nudged aside by another, more ignoble purpose: the desire to bestow political favors.'
  7. 'First in an ignoble line was the East India Company, set up by British merchant adventurers and granted the Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1600.'
  8. 'Live life for God and our motives are no longer mercenary, and our life is not founded on an ignoble base.'
  9. 'Pink or brown, time to break with an ignoble past, and that includes breaking with reptile-brained reactions to differences in skin-melanin content or epicanthic eyelid folds.'
  10. 'All it requires is following the example of some of their more ignoble predecessors - the Dixiecrats.'
Of humble origin or social status.
  1. 'Yerby's characterization of Fancy is, therefore, ironic, emphasizing the ignoble origins of most Southerners.'
  2. 'They were an ignoble race not unlike the despicable Gorlocs, and they needed to be defeated for their dishonor.'
  3. 'There can be little doubt that Head's noble savage existed as a conceptual foil for Europe's ignoble civilization.'
  4. 'Yesterday she had been so vilely common and ignoble… almost as if she had no regard for any life… any life save his.'


1. of low character, aims, etc.; mean; base: his ignoble purposes.

2. of low grade or quality; inferior.

3. not noble; of humble descent or rank.

4. Falconry. noting any hawk with short wings that chases or rakes after the quarry.

More examples(as adjective)

"savageries can be ignoble."

"acts can be ignoble."

"desires can be ignoble."

"aims can be ignoble."

"twinges can be ignoble."

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