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See definition of mean spirited on Dictionary.com
  • as inmean-spirited
  • as inrecreant
  • as inrecreant
  • as incraven

synonyms for mean spirited

  • cowardly
  • mean
  • servile
  • timid
  • weak
  • mean-spirited
  • chicken
  • yellow
  • cowardly
  • dastardly
  • fearful
  • gutless
  • lily-livered
  • pusillanimous
  • scared
  • timorous
  • poltroonish
  • weak-kneed
  • wimpish
  • wimpy
  • wussy
  • yellow-bellied
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How to use mean spirited in a sentence

Hilda, trembling at the door, more than half expected Mr. Orgreave to say: "You mean, she's invited herself."
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
He wanted to tell her that if she called her father, it would mean the end of everything for them, but he withheld this.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
It was difficult, with the mean appliances of the time, to wring subsistence from the reluctant earth.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
With Bacon, experientia does not always mean observation; and may mean either experience or experiment.
THE MEDIAEVAL MIND (VOLUME II OF II)HENRY OSBORN TAYLOR
My husband detests them; on the contrary, I like those carriages, for they tell me of happy—I mean to say, of former times.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 60, NO. 372, OCTOBER 1846VARIOUS
I mean it is well my mother is ill, and doesn't wish to eat, for there would be nothing for her, if she did.
ROSEMARY IN SEARCH OF A FATHERC. N. WILLIAMSON
Moreover, Napoleon, so great in many things, was so jealous of his own glory that he could be mean beyond words.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
He was mounted on a spirited horse and his manner showed he was ready for any kind of an adventure, no matter where it might lead.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
Malcolm had selected it as a training-ground that evening, because he meant to weary and subdue his too highly spirited charger.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
The other was the spirited portrait of Baron von Friedericks, a happy combination of cavalier and soldier in its manly strength.
WOMEN IN THE FINE ARTS, FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY B.C. TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY A.D.CLARA ERSKINE CLEMENT
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