meanness meanness  /ˈminNəs/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the quality of being deliberately mean
  2. (n) extreme stinginess

Usage(s):

  1. The sheer meanness and downright stupidity of the vituperation is an indication of the intellectual bankruptcy of what currently passes for black leadership.
  2. And Diane English, Murphy's creator, capped the evening with a defense of single mothers that crossed the line into partisan meanness.
  3. It was the meanness that bothered me.

News

  • Linus Torvalds Defends His God-Given Right to Offend You

    Is meanness the secret sauce of a winning open-source project? It might be, according to Linus Torvalds, the guy who's been running the Linux kernel project for the past 22 years. This week, Torvalds got caught up in a debate about his people skills, when Sarah Sharp -- an Intel kernel developer who works on the kernel's USB subsystem since the mid-2000s -- called him out for being verbally ...
    on July 17, 2013     Source: Wired News

Quotes

  1. "He was a very, very mean man. His meanness really served simply to express the subtle evil of the system of segregation," said Andrew Young, the former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador who organized voter registration efforts in...
    on Jun 6, 2007 By: Andrew Young Source: MSNBC

  2. "Murdering Jews was pure banditry, and I wouldn't explain it as anti-Semitism," Edelman said in an interview with the Gazeta Wyborcza daily. "It was contempt for man, for human life, plain meanness. A bandit doesn't attack someone who is...
    on Jan 24, 2008 By: Marek Edelman Source: Forbes

  3. As Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts wrote recently, anonymous online forums "have become havens for a level of crudity, bigotry, meanness and plain nastiness that shocks the tattered remnants of our propriety."
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Leonard Pitts Source: The Free Lance-Star (blog)

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