Rather than feel guilt, people who have hurt us typically start to hate us - for reminding them of their own meanness.
But on the other, what Costas calls a new "meanness" is really the kind of sportswriterly hard-headedness that Lipsyte pined for.
The whole gag stinks of meanness—to Holly, to Kevin, to the mentally disabled community.
It is “suspended from the nastiness of life and the meanness of the dead.”
Rich and poor despise each other, and all justify their meanness in the most appallingly self-serving ways imaginable.
But the welcome of this few was so hearty and substantial as to put us in a humor to forgive the meanness of the rest.
But he was a generous man and all meanness of spirit was foreign to his soul.
You see, to increase the meanness of the proceeding, these scoundrels have a trick of fastening together in pairs, cross-wise.
Oh, how you must have despised me for the folly, the meanness of my suspicions!
Captain Smithers frowned, and felt annoyed with himself for his meanness.