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(ˈminˈspɪr ɪ tɪd)

petty; small-minded; ungenerous.
mean′spir′it•ed•ly, adv.
mean′spir′it•ed•ness, n.
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Adj.1.meanspirited - lacking in magnanimity; "it seems ungenerous to end this review of a splendid work of scholarship on a critical note"- Times Litt. Sup.; "a meanspirited man unwilling to forgive"
stingy, ungenerous - unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"
2.meanspirited - having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or moralitymeanspirited - having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
ignoble - completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose; "something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude"; "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
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We had left both law and equity on the other side of the Cape; and unfortunately, with a very few exceptions, our crew was composed of a parcel of dastardly and meanspirited wretches, divided among themselves, and only united in enduring without resistance the unmitigated tyranny of the captain.
THE living are meanspirited, spiteful and lonely, and might as well be dead, in writer-director Jim Jarmusch's off-kilter comedy.
FILM THE DEAD DON'T DIE Adam Driver, Bill Murray The living are meanspirited, spiteful and lonely, and might as well be dead, in writer-director Jim Jarmusch's off-kilter comedy, which commits half-heartedly to the gore-slathered demands of a zombie horror.
Belly laughs are bountiful, trading in pop culture references and nearthe-knuckle humour that never threatens to become crude or meanspirited. These girls are sugar and spice and all things naughty but nice.
They were accused of showing "spite"and being"meanspirited"by one councillor, while another claimed the information was"not in the public interest".
So, to finally have her back in all her acerbic, meanspirited and hilarious glory was a massive relief.
The six-time All-Ireland winner has grown weary of the negativity regarding Dublin's recent successes with county secretary John Costello describing Donegal's unsuccessful motion to limit their exposure to Croke Park at Congress as "divisive and meanspirited".
We are aware of considerable concern about these meanspirited cuts amongst disabled people and disability organisations in the city and we note that the council's budget equalities impact assessment concedes that this cut is directly targeted at disabled people.
The story of meanspirited Scrooge sold its first run of 6,000 copies by Christmas Eve.
FREE train travel for children in Scotland is set to hit the buffers thanks to meanspirited rail bosses.
"The smoking ban is really meanspirited but England is a bit now, I think.
I calmly instructed Tommy to finish his cleanup work and reminded him of the "law." Then I turned to Bonnie and explained to her that as wrong as Tommy was to violate the rules of the house, what she did was meanspirited. Although she told the truth, she was wrong to do so with the obvious motive of getting her brother in trouble.<br />We have all lived through many variations of this morality tale, alternatively playing one of the three principle roles: transgressor, informant and judge.