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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. 2016.
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  • 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.

  • Excitement, sensuality, frivolity, and meanness go together.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • You see, to increase the meanness of the proceeding, these scoundrels have a trick of fastening together in pairs, cross-wise.

    The Pond Carl Ewald
  • We must show him that we despise his miserliness and meanness.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • Captain Smithers frowned, and felt annoyed with himself for his meanness.

    Middy and Ensign G. Manville Fenn
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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