Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or characterized by a malicious or petty spirit.

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  • adjective Having a base, nasty, petty, or malevolent disposition.

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Examples

  • The Nevada senator argued the Tea Party was driving what he described as "mean-spirited" proposed cuts to the federal budget, some version of which Congress must past by April 8 in order to avoid a government shutdown.

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  • Prisoners who are placed in segregation as a form of punishment could also be denied visits from family and friends under the federal anti-crime bill, a measure the Canadian Bar Association calls "mean-spirited" and counterproductive.

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  • The votes will show the need for both sides to narrow the $50 billion gap between President Obama's latest offer and Republican cuts that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid called "mean-spirited."

    The Seattle Times

  • Prisoners who are placed in segregation as a form of punishment could also be denied visits from family and friends under the federal anti-crime bill, a measure the Canadian Bar Association calls "mean-spirited" and counterproductive.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • I had been a born-again Christian for less than six months, but I knew I never wanted to be like this self-righteous, mean-spirited pastor.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • Sara Palin will survive but much of the mean-spirited media will not! hsl

    Latest ethics complaints should be 'a wake-up call,' Palin says

  • Before I said yes, I asked if he was serious, still suspecting some kind of mean-spirited bet.

    Live and Let Love

  • Sarah Palin will survive but much of the mean-spirited media will not! hhs

    Latest ethics complaints should be 'a wake-up call,' Palin says

  • It's mean-spirited, racist and we think a court will enjoin it, said Mary Bauer, the legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    HUFFPOST HILL - Gingrich Staffers Break Free

  • But it is pleasing (in a mean-spirited schadenfreude way) when people who were terrible in high school end up in boring, unrewarding jobs.

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