- petty; small-minded; ungenerous: a meanspirited man, unwilling to forgive.
Origin of meanspirited
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Examples from the Web for mean-spirited
Then Eminem decided he wanted in on some of the mean-spirited misogyny, actually rapping about raping Iggy.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
December 24, 2014
This time she simply told her she was “vicious and mean-spirited.”Betrayal, Blowjobs, and Bitchery: the 'Real Housewives' Get Really Desperate
March 12, 2014
And then when you go there, you are cussed out, called arrogant, mean-spirited, and nasty.Roland Martin: America, You Can’t Handle the Truth!
Roland S. Martin
January 19, 2014
He was an awkward, demanding, mean-spirited git from time to time, I assure you.Spending a Day With Peter O’Toole
December 16, 2013
He said the account started off as a parody but “developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments.”Fired White House Tweeter Accused Official of Leaking Stuxnet
October 23, 2013
I would say,” answered Charmidas, “that he was a mean-spirited, effeminate fellow.
What would his father think of him if he knew what a mean-spirited coward he was?Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
Madge knew that Alfred Thornton was snobbish and mean-spirited.Madge Morton's Secret
Amy D. V. Chalmers
Riley had muscle enough, but Nature had made him mean-spirited.The Hoosier School-boy
Although reckless, hasty, and inconsiderate, he was not mean-spirited.Philosopher Jack
Word Origin and History for mean-spirited
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