meanness

meanness
I
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The quality of being mean]
Syn. smallmindedness, baseness, lowness, pettiness, wickedness, debasement, degradation, abjection, shamelessness, infamy, degeneracy, blackguardism, knavishness, unscrupulousness, stinginess, closeness, niggardliness, frugality, churlishness, corruptness, Cupidity, sordidness, contemptibleness, disrepute, rapacity, malice, iniquity, malignity, unworthiness, ill-temper, unkindness, covetousness, avarice, miserliness, parsimony; see also greed .
Ant. generosity*, nobility, worthiness.
2. [A mean action]
Syn. belittling, defaming, groveling, cheating, sneaking, quarreling, scolding, taking advantage of, deceiving, coveting, grudging, grasping, dishonoring, defrauding, perjuring, shaming, degrading, beggaring, stealing.
II
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A desire to harm others or to see others suffer: despitefulness, ill will, malevolence, malice, maliciousness, malignancy, malignity, nastiness, poisonousness, spite, spitefulness, venomousness, viciousness. See ATTITUDE.

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  • Meanness — Mean ness, n. 1. The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess. [1913 Webster] This figure is of a later date, by the meanness of the workmanship. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meanness — index inconsideration, mediocrity, mischief Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • meanness — 1550s, weakness, from MEAN (Cf. mean) (adj.) + NESS (Cf. ness). Sense of baseness, poverty is from 1650s; that of stinginess from 1755 …   Etymology dictionary

  • meanness — n. 1) meanness to 2) out of meanness (he did it out of meanness) * * * [ miːnnɪs] meanness to out of meanness (he did it out of meanness) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • meanness — noun a) The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess. This figure is of a later date, by the meanness of the workmanship. Addison b) A mean act; as, to be guilty of a meanness …   Wiktionary

  • meanness — Ⅰ. mean [1] ► VERB (past and past part. meant) 1) intend to express or refer to. 2) (of a word) have as its explanation in the same language or its equivalent in another language. 3) intend to occur or be the case. 4) have as a consequence. 5) …   English terms dictionary

  • meanness — noun see mean II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • meanness — /meen nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being mean. 2. a mean act: to answer meannesses with forgiveness. [1550 60; MEAN2 + NESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • meanness — Synonyms and related words: Lenten fare, abjectness, abominableness, atrociousness, austerity, authoritarianism, baseness, bearishness, beggarliness, bigotry, bitchiness, blind side, blind spot, blinders, cantankerousness, cheapness, churlishness …   Moby Thesaurus

  • meanness — mean·ness || miːnnɪs n. stinginess; leanness, scarcity; state of being mean, spitefulness; act of unkindness …   English contemporary dictionary

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