illiberal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj illiberal narrow-minded about cherished opinions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Illiberal Indicating a lack of breeding, culture, and the like; ignoble; rude; narrow-minded; disingenuous.
    • Illiberal Not liberal; not free or generous; close; niggardly; mean; sordid. "A thrifty and illiberal hand."
    • Illiberal Not well authorized or elegant; as, illiberal words in Latin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • illiberal Not liberal; ignoble. Not free or generous; niggardly; parsimonious; penurious; stingy; shabby.
    • illiberal Not catholic; of narrow or prejudiced opinions or judgment.
    • illiberal Not manifesting or not promoting high culture; contracted; vulgar; coarse.
    • illiberal Not elegant: as, illiberal Latin. Synonyms Miserly, close-fisted, mean, selfish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Illiberal il-lib′ėr-al niggardly: mean, narrow in opinion
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Quotations

  • James B. Stockdale
    James B. Stockdale
    “A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. illiberalis,; pref. il-, not + liberalis, liberal: cf. F. illibéral,

Usage

In literature:

Many of them were, and some of them remain, highly illiberal.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The compensation was not illiberal, and the relation seems to have been as free from degrading elements as such relations can be.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
We have lost much valuable literature by the illiberal or malignant descendants of learned and ingenious persons.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Still, he was far from the illiberality of denying that philosophy duly bounded was not permissible.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
He complained bitterly of their backwardness and illiberality.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
I ne'er heard one so illiberal of his graces.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
In this search the "most common," "base, illiberal and filthy matters," are not to be overlooked.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
Too illiberal, you think; and what would Mr. J. S. Mill say?
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
In the first place, then, I accuse the Banks of harsh and illiberal conduct; and I will state my reasons for this charge.
"Trade and Travel in the Far East" by G. F. Davidson
He is the expounder of Revolution in its compulsory and illiberal aspect.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The scheme of living would be very desolate without that consolation, would grow very illiberal and sombre.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Public opinion would cry out against its illiberal course, and would fully avenge the wrong.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
There is scope abundant for Liberalism and illiberalism in personal conduct.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
I don't go in for your illiberal ways of thinking, as if no one was worth talking to except in the Church.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
All those are to be regarded as illiberal to which men bring their work but not their art.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Strange to say the Liberals are always the most illiberal.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Its propositions are therefore true or false, but they cannot be good or bad, liberal or illiberal.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
But one word, James, did you ever think my mother an illiberal woman?
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
What language have I heard to-day, what illiberality of sentiment, what pungency of expression!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I shall transcribe his feelings on Kenrick's excessive and illiberal criticism.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
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In poetry:

And not to join the illiberal crew
In their contempt of female merit;
What's bad enough in them, from you
Is want of goodness, want of spirit.
"The Duty Of A Brother" by Charles Lamb
April began with the punkah, coolies, and prickly-heat, —
Pagett was dear to mosquitoes, sandflies found him a treat.
He grew speckled and mumpy-hammered, I grieve to say,
Aryan brothers who fanned him, in an illiberal way.
"Pagett, M.P." by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

REGULAR readers of this blog will recognise the subject of this week's print column: the sad story of the Antwerp school whose multicultural experiment foundered thanks to the illiberalism of others.
Illiberal Liberals Random thoughts on the passing scene.
The Marxist fraudster has deflated his own troupe of hard-left illiberal supporters.
The ugliest, most illiberal political ad of the year may be this one, from Kentucky Democrat Jack Conway.
The more illiberal a religion, the more liberals tend to like it.
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