Definition of Meanness

1. Noun. The quality of being deliberately mean.

Exact synonyms: Beastliness
Generic synonyms: Malevolence, Malevolency, Malice
Derivative terms: Beastly, Mean, Mean, Mean



2. Noun. Extreme stinginess.

Definition of Meanness

1. n. The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess.

Definition of Meanness

1. Noun. The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess. ¹

2. Noun. A mean act; as, to be guilty of a '''meanness'''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Meanness

1. the state of being mean [n -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Meanness

meanin'
meaning
meaning(a)
meaning of life
meaningful
meaningfully
meaningfulness
meaningless
meaninglessly
meaninglessness
meaningly
meanings
meanish
meanless
meanly
meanness (current term)
meannesses
means
means-test
means-tested
means of exchange
means of production
means of transport
means of transportation
means proportional
means test
meanspirited
meanspiritedly
meanspiritedness

Literary usage of Meanness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Massachusetts Teacher by Massachusetts Teachers' Association (Founded 1845), Massachusetts Teachers Federation, Massachusetts Teachers' Association (1858)
"A TALK WITH MY BOYS ON meanness. BOYS, you may lay aside your books. ... But what makes the meanness here. Deception? Agreed; only I should use the stronger ..."

2. Criminology by Arthur MacDonald, Arthur Mac Donald (1893)
"PURE meanness. THERE are very few who do not manifest the quality of ... The term " pure meanness" is intended to be applied to those individuals who hate ..."

3. Lun-hêng by Chʻung Wang, Alfred Forke (1907)
"Poverty and meanness are what men dislike. If they cannot be obtained in the proper way, they should not be avoided."1 The moaning is that men must acquire ..."

4. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"... Although the pang of humbled pride The place of jealousy supplied, Yet conquest, by that meanness won He almost loathed to think upon, 834 Led him, ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"... betrayed the meanness of their origin ; and the equestrian order was still in possession of that great office, which commanded with arbitrary sway the ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"First amongst these we must count the disgrace and fall of Wolsey, hitherto the only real check upon Henry's wilfulness. The incredible meanness of the ..."

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