Definition of meanness in English:

meanness

noun

  • 1Unkindness, spitefulness, or unfairness.

    ‘all the hatred and meanness, despair and sorrow surrounding us’
    • ‘If you want the goodness, of which there is much, you have to put up with the meanness, of which there is much.’
    • ‘I stand shoulder to shoulder with all denouncers of meanness.’
    • ‘Most of the time meanness is more dangerous than civilized standards.’
    • ‘It allows deep significance to be read into mediocrity, vacuity, cheapness, meanness.’
    • ‘There were threats, and he would come home crying about all the meanness in the world.’
    • ‘Its most malign expression is meanness and luridness that, so mendaciously, pretends to be fierce truth holding up a mirror to meanness and luridness.’
    • ‘The same apprehensions, in every situation, regulate his notions of meanness or of dignity.’
    • ‘All of history's great leaders have been narcissistic; in combination with generosity of spirit, you get Lincoln; in combination with meanness of spirit, you get Henry VIII.’
    • ‘The awareness of their individual blemishes and shortcomings inclines the frustrated to detect ill will and meanness in their fellow men.’
    • ‘I can imagine how I must have felt as that little girl, being introduced to the world of unfairness and meanness that can abound.’
    • ‘But prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft.’
    • ‘The domestic theatre is her strength, her writer's eye picking out the daily victories, everyday meanness, with sensitivity and sympathy.’
    • ‘Scrooge has been immortalised in the English language as the epitome of miserliness and meanness of spirit.’
    nastiness, mean-spiritedness, spitefulness, disagreeableness, unpleasantness, unkindness
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    1. 1.1North American Aggressive character; viciousness.
      ‘he is also callous, with a streak of meanness’
      • ‘I want to show the level of meanness people are capable of.’
      • ‘The women might have been sweet but they could also whip out a streak of meanness just to put the man in place.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong; there are some good times, but the meanness tells me I should get away from him.’
      • ‘Mom's criticism might be a sign of her meanness, for instance, but it could also be an awkward expression of her love.’
      • ‘I was looking forward to seeing him go after these two nasty gals in a free-for-all of meanness.’
      • ‘He just seems to bring out the meanness in them.’
      • ‘Junior high is a particular challenge socially and prime time for bullies to ply their special brand of meanness.’
      • ‘Unable to find the meanness in themselves to give it zero stars, movie critics cling to the illusion that there must be something good about it.’
      • ‘He manages his household with a mind free from the taint of meanness.’
      • ‘Gradually, his neighbors become increasingly hostile and the small talk takes on an undercurrent of meanness.’
      • ‘Certain jobs almost call for meanness: prison guard, Marine drill sergeant, movie reviewer.’
      • ‘He chuckled at that bit of nonsense, and said, "You don't think what she's done to you merits a little meanness?"’
      • ‘The Islanders have added enough grit and meanness to make them a formidably physical opponent.’
      • ‘She looked for light of injury in his eyes, or delicate meanness rising up against her, but she saw nothing.’
      • ‘Even in relationship to his own soldiers, there is nothing at the core of this man but visceral meanness.’
      • ‘Pure meanness is highly valued in Caesar's legions.’
      • ‘She said this without a hint of meanness, without the slightest sarcasm.’
      • ‘And yet she couldn't remember one time when he had aimed that crankiness or meanness at her.’
      • ‘I say this not out of hatred or meanness.’
      • ‘Too bad his son inherited his mother's virtues of pettiness and badger-like meanness.’
  • 2Lack of quality or attractiveness; shabbiness.

    ‘the meanness of that existence’
    • ‘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.’
    squalor, squalidness, shabbiness, dilapidation, sordidness, seediness, sleaziness, insalubriousness, wretchedness, dismalness, dinginess, poverty
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Pronunciation

meanness

/ˈmēnˌnəs//ˈminˌnəs/