Definition of mean-spirited in English:

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mean-spirited

Pronunciation: /ˌmēnˈspirədəd/

adjective

Inconsiderate and unsympathetic: he’s an egotistical, mean-spirited, abusive man these reality shows all seem to be mean-spirited
More example sentences
  • So, at seventeen, Andersen found himself in a classroom with eleven-year-olds, again an outsider and at the mercy of a mean-spirited, manipulative headmaster.
  • Her laugh was infuriating and terribly mean-spirited.
  • Without being petty or mean-spirited, she explained why what had so persuaded me had left her so unmoved.

Derivatives

mean-spiritedness

noun
Example sentences
  • It is an innocent story, free of cynicism or irony or any trace of mean-spiritedness.
  • Name-calling, popularity contests and general mean-spiritedness have long been a part of adolescence.
  • It is a movie that wants to show the venality, shallowness, bitterness, paranoia, mean-spiritedness and general desperation that most of us know lurks beneath the surface of Hollywood life.

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Syllabification: mean-spir·it·ed

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