meanspirited

[meen-spir-i-tid]
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Origin of meanspirited

First recorded in 1685–95; mean2 + spirited
Related formsmean·spir·it·ed·ly, adverbmean·spir·it·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words for mean-spirited

cowardly, mean, servile, timid, weak

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Word Origin and History for mean-spirited
adj.

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

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