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

adj 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.”
cowardly, fearful
lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
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
base and cowardly
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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adj not of the nobility

“of ignoble (or ungentle) birth”
ungentle, untitled
of humble birth or origins

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