mesquin

mesquin

(mɛskɛ̃)
adj
mean or shabby
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Altman assumes that meskine as used by Strauss is a Germanization of the French mesquin, one of the meanings of which is stingy or ungenerous (sometimes employed in French anti-Semitic caricatures of Jews, as Altman notes).
d'echelle modeste, parfois mesquin, realise sans planification prealable du territoire.
On ne va pas etre mesquin, car on sait precisement l'importance qu'il a pour nous", a explique Hoeness samedi soir a la television allemande.
On March 5, 1915, six months into the war, he wrote to Edith Wharton and commented on what she was doing on the French front: "I unutterably envy you these sights and suffered assaults of the maxima--condemned as I am by doddering age and 'mean' infirmity to the poor mesquin's minima" (Letters of Henry James 452; emphasis original).
(19) Renee, on the other hand, evaluates her affair in relation to the tragedy and finds it wanting: 'Comme son drame etait mesquin, a cote de l'epopee antique!' (p.
Elle a tout dit sur son propre compte, sauf ce qui lui semblait technique, ennuyeux et mesquin, sauf ce qui concernait la province, la bourgeoisie, le paysan, l'ouvrier, l'administration et le menage.