illiberal (adj.) 1530s, "ungentlemanly, base, mean," from M.Fr. illiberal (14c.), from L. illiberalis "ungenerous, mean, sordid; unworthy of a freeman," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + liberalis (see LIBERAL (Cf. liberal)). A sense of "narrow-minded politically; unconcerned with the rights or liberties of others" is attested from 1640s, and might conceivably be revived to take up some of the burden that drags down conservative.

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