Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

spite

play
noun \ˈspīt\

Simple Definition of spite

  • : a desire to harm, anger, or defeat another person especially because you feel that you have been treated wrongly in some way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spite

  1. 1 :  petty ill will or hatred with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart

  2. 2 :  an instance of spite

in spite of

  1. :  in defiance or contempt of :  without being prevented by <succeeded in spite of their opposition>

Examples of spite in a sentence

  1. He is jealous and full of spite.

  2. <spread cruel lies out of pure spite>



Origin and Etymology of spite

Middle English, short for despite


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of spite

malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer <felt no malice toward their former enemies>. malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct <a look of dark malevolence>. ill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration <ill will provoked by a careless remark>. spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments <petty insults inspired by spite>. malignity implies deep passion and relentlessness <a life consumed by motiveless malignity>. spleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice <venting his spleen against politicians>. grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction <never one to harbor a grudge>.

2

spite

transitive verb

Simple Definition of spite

  • : to deliberately annoy, upset, or hurt (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spite

spited

spiting

  1. 1a :  annoy, offendb :  to fill with spite

  2. 2 :  to treat maliciously (as by shaming or thwarting)

Examples of spite in a sentence

  1. He only did it to spite me.

  2. <sometimes, I swear, she keeps doing that just to spite me>



Circa 1555

First Known Use of spite

circa 1555



SPITE Defined for Kids

1

spite

play
noun \ˈspīt\

Definition of spite for Students

  1. :  dislike or hatred for another person with a wish to torment, anger, or defeat

in spite of

  1. :  without being prevented by <The club failed in spite of our efforts.>




2

spite

play
verb

Definition of spite for Students

spited

spiting

  1. :  annoy, anger <He did it to spite me.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up spite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a simplified speech bridging languages

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

melancholy frenetic philistine lazy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ