Antonyms for noble

Grammar : Adj, noun
Spell : noh-buh l
Phonetic Transcription : ˈnoʊ bəl

Definition of noble

Origin :
  • c.1200, "illustrious, distinguished; worthy of honor or respect," from Old French noble "of noble bearing or birth," from Latin nobilis "well-known, famous, renowned; excellent, superior, splendid; high-born, of superior birth," earlier *gnobilis, literally "knowable," from gnoscere "to come to know," from PIE root *gno- "to know" (see know). The prominent Roman families, which were "well known," provided most of the Republic's public officials.
  • Meaning "distinguished by rank, title, or birth" is first recorded late 13c. Sense of "having lofty character, having high moral qualities" is from c.1600. A noble gas (1902) is so called for its inactivity or intertness; a use of the word that had been applied in Middle English to precious stones, metals, etc., of similar quality (late 14c.), from the sense of "having admirable properties" (c.1300).
  • adj aristocratic
  • adj dignified, excellent
  • noun member of royal or important family
Example sentences :
  • And of necessity, even the noble have their moments of deshabille.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • Often he cursed himself as a wretch for paining that pure and noble heart.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Above all, our noble jester succeeds in his mission of laugh-producing.
  • Extract from : « The Dramatic Values in Plautus » by Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • "I give not the pip of an apple for king or for noble," cried the serf passionately.
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • We must cultivate the noble virtues that have their root in pride.
  • Extract from : « A Treatise on Parents and Children » by George Bernard Shaw
  • Even Enobarbus is conquered at the last by Antony's noble magnanimity.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • A noble avenue of plane-trees leads from the station to the ancient town.
  • Extract from : « The Roof of France » by Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • When she had despatched the noble author, her ladyship indulged her laughter.
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth
  • The Assistant Commissioner himself did not turn into the noble building.
  • Extract from : « The Secret Agent » by Joseph Conrad
  • That was a very pretty trick that I played on the most noble marquis at Granada.
  • Extract from : « Fair Margaret » by H. Rider Haggard

Synonyms for noble

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019