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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.
That strikes me as incredibly selfish and meanspirited.
But it's meanspirited and looks like cheating people out of a proper pay rise by robbing Peter to pay Paul.
I encourage readers of The Sarmatian Review not to be put off from purchasing or consulting this innovative book on Poland on the basis of the present reviewer's careless, meanspirited, and inaccurate characterizations.
Now that meanspirited decision is coming back to haunt her as we see an exodus of skilled EU workers, from nurses to academics.
What it really reveals is a meanspirited Prime Minister who, for political reasons, told the public that he was allowing ministers and MPs to campaign according to their consciences, but behind the scenes was intimidating, threatening and bullying those around him to back his pathetically weak reasons for remaining in the EU.
The perfect storm of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg's first on-screen pairing - the goofy 2010 cop caper The Other Guys - has blown over, leaving behind the overcast skies of a meanspirited game of testosteronefuelled one-upmanship that is surprisingly light on belly laughs and charm.
He then quotes a letter the elder Bush sent a friend: "Now my own son is under this kind of blistering, meanspirited attack.
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.
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.