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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.
References in classic literature ?
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.
He then quotes a letter the elder Bush sent a friend: "Now my own son is under this kind of blistering, meanspirited attack.
In keeping with the true spirit of Christmas - cynical consumerism, stress and heavy boozing - Billy Bob Thornton stars in possible the most meanspirited Yuletide comedy of all time.
To penalise them yet further is meanspirited in the extreme.
Let me start by saying that I don't need lessons in patriotism from a government that is destroying the internationally revered BBC or shaming us before world opinion in its meanspirited attitude towards desperate refugees.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is a meanspirited and woefully misguided sequel that repeatedly begs and pleads for us to laugh at the unsympathetic, overweight hero.
A ROGUE roofer jailed for conning a 94-yearold woman in a meanspirited gutter-clearing scam richly deserved his tough 27-month sentence, top judges have ruled.
Sadly, it seems that Britain (with the exception of you know who) is a country full of selfish and meanspirited people.
His fledgling company, Apex Select, has two employees: Mike Pancake (Dave Franco), the butt of many of the film's meanspirited jibes, and Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson), who is trapped in a loveless marriage and craves sexual thrills from other women: "I would settle for one shade of grey," he laments.
If conservatives ever had come up with a devastating, or even effective, rebuttal to the accusation that they are heartless and meanspirited, anyone could recite it by now and, more importantly, liberals long ago would have stopped using rhetoric about liberal kindness versus conservative cruelty for fear that the political risks of such language far outweighed any potential benefits.
It comes off less as a strategy and more as a confession of profound insecurity and the fact is that most people who behave high-handedly do it because they are meanspirited and need to compensate for their limited intelligence.