Il*lib"er*al (?), a. [L. illiberalis; pref. il- not + liberalis liberal: cf. F. illib'eral.]

1.

Not liberal; not free or generous; close; niggardly; mean; sordid.

"A thrifty and illiberal hand."

Mason.

2.

Indicating a lack of breeding, culture, and the like; ignoble; rude; narrow-minded; disingenuous.

3.

Not well authorized or elegant; as, illiberal words in Latin.

[R.]

Chesterfield.

 

© Webster 1913.

Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.