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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Meanness


ME'ANNESS, noun Want of dignity or rank; low state; as meanness of birth or condition. Poverty is not always meanness; it may be connected with it, but men of dignified minds and manners are often poor.

1. Want of excellence of any kind; poorness; rudeness.

This figure is of a later date, by the meanness of the workmanship.

2. Lowness of mind; want of dignity and elevation; want of honor. meanness in men incurs contempt. All dishonesty is meanness

3. Sordidness; niggardliness; opposed to liberality or charitableness. meanness is very different from frugality.

4. Want of richness; poorness; as the meanness of dress or equipage.