Il*lib"er*al (?), a. [L. illiberalis; pref. il- not + liberalis liberal: cf. F. illib'eral.]
Not liberal; not free or generous; close; niggardly; mean; sordid.
"A thrifty and illiberal
Indicating a lack of breeding, culture, and the like; ignoble; rude; narrow-minded; disingenuous.
Not well authorized or elegant; as, illiberal words in Latin.
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