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mean–spirited

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adjective mean–spir·it·ed \ˈmēn-ˈspir-ə-təd, ˌmēn-\

Simple Definition of mean–spirited

  • : feeling or showing a cruel desire to cause harm or pain

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mean–spirited

  1. :  exhibiting or characterized by meanness of spirit

mean–spiritedness play \-nəs\ noun

1694

First Known Use of mean–spirited

1694


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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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