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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being inferior in quality, character, or value; commonness.
  • n. The quality or state of being selfish or stingy.
  • n. A spiteful or malicious act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess.
  • n. A mean act; as, to be guilty of a meanness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess.
  • n. A mean act.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being mean in grade or quality; want of dignity or distinction; commonness; poorness; rudeness.
  • n. Want of mental elevation or dignity, destitution of spirit or honor; contemptibleness; baseness.
  • n. Sordid illiberality; stinginess; over-selfish economy in small things; niggardliness.
  • n. Synonyms Abjectness, lowness, lowliness, scantiness. slenderness. See abject.
  • n. 2 and Littleness, Meanness, illiberality, sordidness, penuriousness, closeness, miserliness. Littleness applies to more than meanness applies to, as the understanding and the affections; it is the opposite of all largeness of nature, and especially of magnanimity. Meanness is directly selfish, but in a sordid, groveling, pinching fashion; it is the opposite of nobleness and generosity. See penuriousness.
  • n. A mean, vindictive spirit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extreme stinginess
  • n. the quality of being deliberately mean

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