mean-spirited


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mean-spir·it·ed

(mēn′spĭr′ĭ-tĭd)
adj.
Having or characterized by a malicious or petty spirit.

mean′-spir′it·ed·ly adv.

mean-spirited

adj
characterized by malice or pettiness
Translations

mean-spirited

adjgeizig, knauserig
References in classic literature ?
But while she smiled at a graciousness so misapplied, she could not reflect on the mean-spirited folly from which it sprung, nor observe the studied attentions with which the Miss Steeles courted its continuance, without thoroughly despising them all four.
It makes him contemptible to be considered fickle, frivolous, effeminate, mean-spirited, irresolute, from all of which a prince should guard himself as from a rock; and he should endeavour to show in his actions greatness, courage, gravity, and fortitude; and in his private dealings with his subjects let him show that his judgments are irrevocable, and maintain himself in such reputation that no one can hope either to deceive him or to get round him.
Rabourdin would be a mean-spirited creature to stay under Baudoyer; he will send in his registration, and that will give us two places.
This lady, I believe, would have abolished all gaols, punishments, handcuffs, whippings, poverty, sickness, hunger, in the world, and was such a mean-spirited creature that--we are obliged to confess it--she could even forget a mortal injury.
I HAVE heerd the neighbours make remark as some one as they was acquainted with, was a poor good-natur'd mean-spirited creetur, as went out fishing for a wife one day, and caught a Tartar.
He shall be an object to me, sir, at twelve paces, and a pretty object I'll make of him, sir--a mean-spirited scoundrel
The judge Mr Justice Wyn Williams told Kinsey: "I echo your solicitor, it was mean-spirited.
So their actions were seen as mean-spirited and nasty, and not particularly funny.
So while the Government's mean-spirited decision on these ex-pats' pensions may be legally correct, it certainly falls well short of the mark on moral grounds.
Chav is a mean-spirited, derogatory term which reflects Britain's sad obsession with its class system and the demonisation of the poor.
Fast forward to modern-day Chicago and Fred is a mean-spirited bailiff, happy to steal the goods he's repossessing, while Nick lives in the North Pole making toys.
The relatively straightforward breakup reminiscence "Littlest Things" softens her up just enough, but she's at her best when facing down anyone who gets in her way, be they social phonies ("Friend of Mine"), mean-spirited door people ("Friday Night"), or exboyfriends who are, ahem, ill-equipped ("Not Big").