ignoble

Ignoble means not noble, but for those of us that don’t live in feudal England and don’t worry about lords or peasants, ignoble just means base, or low, like that dude in Biology who’s always telling fart jokes.

Ignoble means low, common, or humble, but we tend to use it to describe the lows of human nature, rather than economically humble people or places. So a picturesquely crumbing rustic cottage or a cool old diner is not ignoble, but perhaps a sketchy roadside bar is. Those that think that the human mind is the treasure of the world disdain ignoble animals like pigs or dogs––after all, they can’t compose lovely poems like we can.

Definitions of ignoble
  1. adjective
    completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
    “something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude”
    “"I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.”
    Synonyms:
    cowardly, fearful
    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
    contemptible
    deserving of contempt or scorn
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
    base, mean, meanspirited
    having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
    currish
    base and cowardly
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    Antonyms:
    noble
    having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character
    honorable, honourable
    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
    dignifying, ennobling
    investing with dignity or honor
    elevated, exalted, grand, high-flown, high-minded, idealistic, lofty, noble-minded, rarefied, rarified, sublime
    of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
    greathearted, magnanimous
    noble and generous in spirit
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  2. adjective
    not of the nobility
    “of ignoble (or ungentle) birth”
    synonyms: ungentle, untitled
    lowborn
    of humble birth or origins
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