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[meen-nis] /ˈmin nɪs/
the state or quality of being mean.
a mean act:
to answer meannesses with forgiveness.
Origin of meanness
1550-60; mean2 + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There seems to be no interval between greatness and meanness.
  • But what really matters is not the stinginess, is not the meanness, but the tone of the whole thing.
  • If they forgive too much, all slides into confusion and meanness.
  • But, chained as he was in the meanness and smallness of it all, he was yet cast in a different mould.
  • Its primary subject was the meanness of middle-school students.
  • Some people are born mean, some achieve meanness, and others have meanness thrust upon them.
  • One has made a career out of pushing friendliness to the point of abrasiveness, and the other has done the same with meanness.
  • But this doesn't justify his meanness or his broad inconsistencies.
  • Even the exuberant pop music on the soundtrack is used as a counterpoint to the characters' enclosed meanness and malaise.
  • meanness happened then too, but the sphere of influence was much smaller.
Word Origin and History for meanness

1550s, "weakness," from mean (adj.) + -ness. Sense of "baseness, poverty" is from 1650s; that of "stinginess" from 1755.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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