Ignoble is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of ignoble, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - not of the nobility
EXAMPLES - Ignoble in a Sentence
- I became a teacher for the most ignoble of reasons. (source)
- Lorre: I assume we'd be discussing that ignoble ending. (source)
- They should not be "ignoble" mechanics or petty traders. (source)
- Flaubert has said that "the ignoble is the sublime of the lower slope." (source)
- "If I use my discrimination, father, I call ignoble what my father calls natural." (source)
- And yes, there were many times I thought the show would stumble to an ignoble ending. (source)
- Proof that there were days when the ignoble lord thought of someone other than himself. (source)
- And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique, (source)
- His Air is absurd and wild, desultory, and irregular, as his Countenance is low and ignoble. (source)
- "A local nobleperson of ignoble repute but substantial fortune, " the mongoose informed them. (source)
- My mother had been a painter, too, but always spurned working from photographs as somehow ignoble. (source)
- The resemblance of these lions to cats caused them to be generally called by the more ignoble name. (source)
- From such ignoble beginnings, one has no choice but to become a fiction writeror a felon, I suppose. (source)
- It is the most ignoble kind of betrayal, Snow, and it puts our cause in jeopardy everywhere in the Orient. (source)
- If this "ignoble" woman won't step down then the matter needs to be referred to the Law Society/Bar Council. (source)
- Shaken by the crisis, the Vatican has accused the media of an "ignoble" attempt to smear the pope at all costs. (source)
- It is Cristina Nehring's opinion that romantic love in our modern era has dwindled into a shriveled, ignoble thing. (source)
- A Vatican newspaper editorial said the claims were an "ignoble" attack on the Pope and that there was no "cover-up". (source)
- They are inferior specimens of their type, have nothing of grace or charm to recommend them, and deserve an ignoble end. (source)
- Boulainvilliers, "ignoble", thus became the owners of fees and, by introducing themselves into the nobility, corrupted it. (source)
- And yet the Oz ignoble leader Kevin Rudd is reportedly upset because when he recently visited China (for a few tips, maybe?) (source)
- The heart, which is supposed to be the noble part of man, has the same form as the penis, which is the so-called ignoble part of man. (source)
- The scrutiny of Benedict's past behaviour is, the Vatican has claimed, part of an 'ignoble' media conspiracy to smear the Pope. enlarge (source)
- That is to say, it's a plotless story about ignoble, unhappy people doing contemptible things with little in the way of motive or excuse. (source)
- From Britain's pathetic and ignoble reaction to the death of our greatest ally's No.1 foe, I fear for our fortitude in the continuing war against terror. (source)
- The comments come as Citigroup's share price, which once made it the largest bank by market capitalization, has plunged to ignoble levels near $1 a share. (source)
- Al Gore joins a long list of past "ignoble" recipients like warrior presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and supporter of rogue regimes Jimmy Carter. (source)
- Paaker's was, in fact, an ignoble, that is to say, a selfish nature; to shorten his road he trod down flowers as readily as he marched over the sand of the desert. (source)
- 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. (source)
- Mr. Buffett has often been critical of buybacks motivated by, as he wrote in his 1999 letter to shareholders, an "ignoble reason: to pump or support the stock price." (source)
- The noble man is the gifted man; the ignoble is the ungifted; and therefore we have only to state a simple law in simple language to have a full solution of the enigma of Reineke. (source)
- Such cult of the common and the ignoble is the more prejudicial because it "wars against all distinction and against the sense of elevation to be gained by respecting and admiring superiority." (source)
- It is powerful inasmuch as it lets Plato ban all portrayals of vicious and ignoble characters but shield the portrayals of brave soldiers, philosophers, and other wholesome types from censorship. (source)
- Oh, my darling, when I see you frown ... and I know that what I did was ignoble and ... and unladylike, and not at all the thing, and how could you be proud of me - oh, I fear that you disdain me! (source)
- For my Friday-only readers, this may come as a huge surprise, since Reid is still the all-time champion of the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award, having won this ignoble prize a whopping seventeen times. (source)
- January 13th, 2010 at 12: 42 pm tombaker says: having no ideas leaves the teabaggers in the rather ignoble position of having to arrange themselves in cults of personality around whomever is willing to stoop to pander to them. (source)
- Perhaps the most successful of the ancient world's popularizers, Plutarch wrote short, engaging biographies carefully pairing examples of noble and a few ignoble Greeks and Romans, and remains an important source for modern biographers. (source)
- But there is a kind of ignoble discretion that has least in common, of all things, with the wisdom we speak of here; for we had far better spend our energy round even fruitless happiness, than slumber by the fireside awaiting joys that never may come. (source)
- For reference's sake, here are the previous times Rangel has won the ignoble MDDOTW for exactly the same thing (he has, I admit, possibly set the record for winning the award more times for the same issue than anyone else): FTP , FTP , and FTP . (source)
- Overall, however, "The Last Greatest Magician in the World" does justice to the Golden Age of Magic and to a man who, in the author's words, was "a distinctive mixture of ignoble confidence games, personal desperation, and a masterful talent to amaze and surprise." (source)
- You've betrayed your fellow liberals to settle a political score, Senator -- in order to exact some kind of ignoble payback against your former party, against your caucus and against the netroots for merely calling you out on your literal and figurative smooching of the president. (source)
- In the second half of the twentieth century, that geography came to serve as backdrop to the unmajestic, ignoble life in the valleys and foothills, where low-rise, makeshift, ad hoc settlements stand in plain view of the snowcaps and forest, mockingly diminished by their spectacular surrounding nature. (source)
- In reality, the improbability that Bush will now decide to acknowledge any mistakes whatsoever, much less take full responsibility for the torture he knowingly authorized, means that unless we as a country are resigned to live with the stain of dishonor Sullivan so compellingly describes, it will be left to someone else to demand atonement for this ignoble legacy. (source)
- If Governments neglect to invite what noble intellect there is, then too surely all intellect, not omnipotent to resist bad influences, will tend to become beaverish ignoble intellect; and quitting high aims, which seem shut up from it, will help itself forward in the way of making money and such like; or will even sink to be sham intellect, helping itself by methods which are not only beaverish but vulpine, and so "ignoble" as not to have common honesty. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "ignoble" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 42 synonyms for ignoble.
abject, base, baseborn, coarse, common, contemptible, corrupt, craven, dastardly, degenerate, degraded, despicable, disgraceful, dishonorable, heinous, humble, infamous, inferior, lewd, low, mean, menial, modest, ordinary, peasant, petty, plain, plebeian, poor, rotten, scurvy, servile, shabby, shameful, simple, sordid, unwashed, vile, vulgar, wicked, wretched, wrong
We have 8 antonyms for ignoble.
dignified, grand, high, honorable, noble, reputable, respectable, worthy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of ignoble from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Not noble in quality, character, or purpose; base or mean. See Synonyms at mean2.
- (adjective) Not of the nobility; common.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Not noble; plebeian; common.
- (adjective) Not honorable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Of low birth or family; not noble; not illustrious; plebeian; common; humble.
- (adjective) Not honorable, elevated, or generous; base.
- (adjective) Not a true or noble falcon; -- said of certain hawks, as the goshawk.
- (verb-transitive) To make ignoble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Not noble; not illustrious; of low birth or station.
- (None) Not honorable or worthy; mean in character or quality; of no consideration or value.
- (None) In some technical uses, lacking distinction; of low grade; of little esteem.
- (None) To make ignoble or vile; degrade; disgrace; bring into disrepute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) not of the nobility
- (adjective) completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose