-spirited combines with adjectives to describe a person's character, attitude, or behaviour. For example, a mean-spirited person behaves in a way that is unkind to other people; a free-spirited person behaves freely and does as they please.
See also , public-spirited

That's a mean-spirited thing for a mother to say...

Murray was an affable, free-spirited man...

Ten-year-olds are more knowledgeable and generous-spirited.

English dictionary. 2008.

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