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.
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.
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.
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.
He shouldn't like his father to be under Wakem; he thought it would look mean-spirited; but his mother's main distress was the utter impossibility of ever "turning Mr.
'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!' This, as it stood, was a very pretty denunciation, and magnanimous withal; but Mr.
"My son is a mean-spirited hound!" cried this furious old worldling.
Rabourdin would be a mean-spirited creature to stay under Baudoyer; he will send in his registration, and that will give us two places.
Experts have dismissed their intervention as 'mean-spirited' and 'puritanical'.
We have a responsibility and obligation to the next generation to drastically reduce the extent to which we plunder the world's natural resources" The Duke of Cambridge "I'm a pretty bad actress when I'm playing anyone but myself" Comedian Katherine Ryan, who is to play a problematic single mother in a new TV series "The smoking ban is really mean-spirited but England is a bit now, I think.
Mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts one Christmas Eve.
GEORGE Osborne yesterday slammed the Leave campaign's "mean-spirited, divisive and negative view of Britain".