Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a mean spirit; spiritless; groveling.
- adj. alternative spelling of mean-spirited.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of a mean spirit; petty; small-minded; base; groveling; -- of people.
- adj. Done for malevolent reasons; -- of deeds and actions.
- adj. having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
- adj. lacking in magnanimity
“I mean, that first documentary you started — the one about how I looked like him, and I was destined to act like him — to be honest, I thought it was plain meanspirited.”
“Now, members of that same group are criticizing two people for making "meanspirited" comments about Catholics.”
“But even as he fired Muhammad and called his words "meanspirited," there was Farrakhan on CNN last week saying that 75 percent of slaves in the American South were owned by Jews.”
“Drum argues that “In the marketplace we are competitive, selfish, meanspirited, and xenophobic” but that we can lift ourselves up as a society by behaving better in the ballot box.”
“How do we expect kids to act when they see adults acting foolish, meanspirited and hateful?”
“It seems oddly coincidental, too, that in a movie teeming with churchly blondes, including Bethany's mother (Helen Hunt), the one meanspirited character in the movie—Bethany's rival Malina Birch (Sonya Balmores Chung)—is also the darkest of skin and blackest of hair.”
“A life-long friend described Mitchell as "meanspirited, grotesque, and humorless.”
“The leftist liberal media must be in complete fear of her that they have to resort to such hateful and meanspirited things to make her look bad or cast a negative light on her.”
“But her surname is much, much harder for exhausted livebloggers to spell, which seems deliberately meanspirited on the show's part.”
“If "conservative" means putting, at any and all costs, right-wing partisan interests ahead of those of the nation as a whole, and if it means relentless, meanspirited and fundamentally dishonest condemnation of even the most mundane actions of the opposing party's officials, then, yes, Cheney is "conservative of the year.”
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