mean-spirited

adjective
mean-spir·​it·​ed | \ ˈmēn-ˈspir-ə-təd How to pronounce mean-spirited (audio) , ˌmēn- \

Definition of mean-spirited

: exhibiting or characterized by meanness of spirit

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mean-spiritedness \ ˈmēn-​ˈspir-​ə-​təd-​nəs How to pronounce mean-spiritedness (audio) , ˌmēn-​ \ noun

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1694, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mean-spirited was in 1694

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“Mean-spirited.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mean-spirited. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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mean-spirited

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English Language Learners Definition of mean-spirited

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

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