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meanspirited

[meen-spir-i-tid] /ˈminˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
petty; small-minded; ungenerous:
a meanspirited man, unwilling to forgive.
Origin of meanspirited
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; mean2 + spirited
Related forms
meanspiritedly, adverb
meanspiritedness, noun
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adj.

also meanspirited, 1690s, from mean (adj.1) + spirited. Ancient Greek had the same image in mikropsykhos.

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