meanspirited

meanspirited

[meen-spir-i-tid]
adjective
petty; small-minded; ungenerous: a meanspirited man, unwilling to forgive.

Origin:
1685–95; mean2 + spirited

meanspiritedly, adverb
meanspiritedness, noun
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meanspirited

adjective
1. 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" [syn: ungenerous] [ant: generous
2. 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" [syn: base
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