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meanness Syllabification: mean·ness
Pronunciation: /ˈmēnˌnəs/

Definition of meanness in English:


1Unkindness, spitefulness, or unfairness: all the hatred and meanness, despair and sorrow surrounding us
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  • I stand shoulder to shoulder with all denouncers of meanness.
  • The same apprehensions, in every situation, regulate his notions of meanness or of dignity.
  • Most of the time meanness is more dangerous than civilized standards.
1.1North American Aggressive character; viciousness: he is also callous, with a streak of meanness
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  • He manages his household with a mind free from the taint of meanness.
  • He just seems to bring out the meanness in them.
  • I want to show the level of meanness people are capable of.
2Lack of quality or attractiveness; shabbiness: the meanness of that existence
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  • Even in her shock, she was appalled by the meanness of the men's living conditions.
  • In Iraq, the distinction between wheaten and barley bread is identical to that in Europe: it is synonymous with poverty or meanness.
  • She struggles with the poverty and meanness of her surroundings to keep herself and her family 'respectable' and is determined that her boys will not become miners.

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