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There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
  completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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  • There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
  • To give him annual tribute, do him homage;
    Subject his coronet to his crown, and bend
    The dukedom, yet unbow’d—alas, poor Milan!—
    To most ignoble stooping.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • If only once I could cease imagining the various motions, and instead of conjurings and dummy musings that leave one subtly affected, take hold of some moment and fully acquit myself to it, whether decently or ignobly.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Teaching had preserved me from the draft and from facing the decision of fighting in an ignoble war because my country decreed it.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • He saw himself as his woman saw him; and that was why, though he was my friend, I thought that his devotion to Shoba had made him half a man, and ignoble.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • What a shocking, selfish idea it was—she was aware of its infinite ignobility even as the thought crossed her mind—but she could not help it, it was what she felt.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • An equally gratifying (if ignoble) memory was Pippa’s slight, shocked pause when I’d broken the news to her on the phone.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • That would be a disastrous and ignoble thing to do.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "It was base," he said indignantly, "it was ignoble."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • His childishly rash, uncalled-for, and ignoble departure from Africa, leaving his comrades in distress, is set down to his credit, and again the enemy’s fleet twice lets him slip past.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • I know it is ignoble: a mere fever of the flesh: not, I declare, the convulsion of the soul.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Deep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only three men; he must have died of two.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • An ignoble end for a bodyguard of his calibre.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Whatever the tragedy he met, why had Francisco taken the ugliest way of escape, as ignoble as the way of some cheap alcoholic?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But such ignoble enticements were less a factor than many critics might presume.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • "That way of speaking is ignoble," Anselmo said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He sighed, and answered: ’Son of great Laertes, Odysseus, master mariner and soldier, bad luck shadowed me, and no kindly power; ignoble death I drank with so much wine.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • By the kind gods, ’tis most ignobly done To pluck me by the beard.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • She longed to free herself from this ignoble bond; but the passion was too fierce to cope with.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • There was nothing cruel about him, no ignoble passion.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • For His ignoble idea is to eat the cake and have it; the creatures are to be one with Him, but yet themselves; merely to cancel them, or assimilate them, will not serve.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Yes, Billy Budd was a foundling, a presumable by-blow, and, evidently, no ignoble one.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Then personal appearance sympathised with mental deterioration: he acquired a slouching gait and ignoble look; his naturally reserved disposition was exaggerated into an almost idiotic excess of unsociable moroseness; and he took a grim pleasure, apparently, in exciting the aversion rather than the esteem of his few acquaintance.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Had he willed it all?—she felt as sorry for him as she had sometimes felt for Abe North and his ignoble destiny, sorry as for the helplessness of infants and the old.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Fight for the ships as one man, all of you! And if one finds his death, his end, in some spear-thrust or cast, then that is that, and no ignoble death for a man defending his own land.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "Ah," said the count, in a somewhat forced tone, "that may be easily explained; the Comtesse de Morcerf, who is aristocracy and refinement itself, does not relish the idea of being allied by your marriage with one of ignoble birth; that is natural enough."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The student who secures his coveted leisure and retirement by systematically shirking any labor necessary to man obtains but an ignoble and unprofitable leisure, defrauding himself of the experience which alone can make leisure fruitful.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Besides, in drawing the picture of my early days, I also record those events which led, by insensible steps, to my after tale of misery, for when I would account to myself for the birth of that passion which afterwards ruled my destiny I find it arise, like a mountain river, from ignoble and almost forgotten sources; but, swelling as it proceeded, it became the torrent which, in its course, has swept away all my hopes and joys.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was some foul parody, some infamous, ignoble satire.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • But eighteen glasses of gin consumed among boxers in an ignoble pot-house—it was an odious crime and not to be pardoned readily.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Everything about him was a testimony to crudeness: his ignoble belly, his emphatic speech, his lynx’s side-whiskers, his rough hands, the ring finger smothered by the opal setting.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • But the other demolished it—an easy and ignoble task.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • How could he hit their conscience or how cast his shadow over the imaginations of their daughters, before their squires begat upon them, that they might breed a race less ignoble than their own?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Yet she was doomed to wait upon an old man, whom she loved as a father, and watch him falling into a mean dishonoured dotage; and her part seemed to her more ignoble than that of the staff he leaned on.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Thou didst promise them the bread of Heaven, but, I repeat again, can it compare with earthly bread in the eyes of the weak, ever sinful and ignoble race of man?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "I wonder what the old man wants with this lump of foul lard," said Stubb, not without some disgust at the thought of having to do with so ignoble a leviathan.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I began to perceive that this ignoble horror in the face of death was a part of my old conventional and lying existence.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • And to the best of my understanding it is not an ignoble, merely animal, feeling between the two: that is the worst of it; because it makes me think their affection will be enduring.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I am ignoble in her eyes.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • The situation was ignoble; he wanted to eliminate anything in the state at which a foreigner might have cause to sneer.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • But I just couldn’t do it; it would have been like chasing a scrap of paper—an occupation ignoble for a grown man.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • I’ll not call you tyrant But this most cruel usage of your queen,— Not able to produce more accusation Than your own weak-hing’d fancy,—something savours Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you, Yea, scandalous to the world.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • But he did not long for the narrow way, where all his people walked; where the houses did not rise, piercing, as it seemed, the unchanging clouds, but huddled, flat, ignoble, close to the filthy ground, where the streets and the hallways and the rooms were dark, and where the unconquerable odor was of dust, and sweat, and urine, and homemade gin.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • She had no wish to fall into that grotesqueness—in which she had seen women (and it was a warning) serenely, yet ignobly, flounder.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • In the anteroom he found his attendant Anwold, who, taking the torch from the hand of the waiting-maid, conducted him with more haste than ceremony to an exterior and ignoble part of the building, where a number of small apartments, or rather cells, served for sleeping places to the lower order of domestics, and to strangers of mean degree.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • A woman may have reason, though she is not without heart, and if I felt ’worse luck,’ it was no ignoble feeling—it was only too natural.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • ’In bidding adieu to the modern Babylon, where we have undergone many vicissitudes, I trust not ignobly, Mrs. Micawber and myself cannot disguise from our minds that we part, it may be for years and it may be for ever, with an individual linked by strong associations to the altar of our domestic life.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Mr. Guppy is engaged in collecting the Galaxy Gallery of British Beauty from the wall and depositing those works of art in their old ignoble band-box.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The fire was not dissipated yet, and she thought it was ignoble in her husband not to apologize to her.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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