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[poo r-spir-i-tid] /ˈpʊərˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/
having or showing a poor, cowardly, or abject spirit.
Origin of poor-spirited
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Wouldn't trust, but they'll think me a poor-spirited cur, anyway.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Are you so tame and so poor-spirited that a threat is to vanquish you?

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • There are poor-spirited, contemptible curs in every country, sir, if you mean that!

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • You can be as purfessional as you please, but you needn't be poor-spirited.

  • I have to confess that I was so poor-spirited as to have little or no animosity against him.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • He wondered if he had shown energy and manly ambition, if he had not been poor-spirited.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • It would have been a poor-spirited company if there had been none.

  • For my part, I think he was a poor-spirited man, if not a coward.

    The Yankee Tea-party

    Henry C. Watson
  • I suppose I'm a poor-spirited creature, but that is how I feel.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • You answered so certainly; seemed to think it so poor-spirited to waste life in regrets.

    Lady Cassandra Mrs George de Horne Vaizey

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