mean-spir·it·ed /ˈminˈspɪrətəd, ˌmin-/
mean·spir·it·ed, mean-spir·it·ed a.
1. Of a mean spirit; petty; small-minded; base; groveling; -- of people. -- Mean-spir*it*ed*ness, n.
adj 1: lacking in magnanimity; "it seems ungenerous to end this
review of a splendid work of scholarship on a critical
note"- Times Litt. Sup.; "a meanspirited man unwilling
to forgive" [syn: ungenerous] [ant: generous]
2: having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality;
"that liberal obedience without which your army would be a
base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage";
"chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare;
"something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in
politics" [syn: base, mean]