Not noble or of a noble nature; low in rank, status, or quality; lacking in dignity or honor; base or mean.


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Part of speech



dishonorable, disgraceful, ignominious, shabby, vile, base


noble, honorable, dignified, esteemed, admirable, respectable

Example sentences

  • The ignoble act of cheating was widely condemned.
  • The ignoble defeat was a low point in the team’s history.
  • The ignoble origins of the company’s wealth were widely criticized.


“Ignoble” is an adjective used to describe something that is considered to be dishonorable, disgraceful, or unworthy. It suggests a lack of moral or ethical integrity, and often implies a violation of accepted standards of behavior. People or things that are described as ignoble may be perceived as unethical, dishonest, or corrupt, and may evoke feelings of disgust, anger, or disappointment in those who encounter them. The word is often used to describe actions, such as ignoble deeds or ignoble motives, but can also be used to describe people, such as ignoble characters, or events, such as ignoble failures. In these contexts, the word suggests a lack of moral or ethical fortitude