noun \ˈspīt\

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

Full Definition of SPITE

:  petty ill will or hatred with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart
:  an instance of spite
in spite of
:  in defiance or contempt of :  without being prevented by <succeeded in spite of their opposition>

Examples of SPITE

  1. He is jealous and full of spite.
  2. <spread cruel lies out of pure spite>

Origin of SPITE

Middle English, short for despite
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb

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


Full Definition of SPITE

a :  annoy, offend
b :  to fill with spite
:  to treat maliciously (as by shaming or thwarting)

Examples of SPITE

  1. He only did it to spite me.
  2. <sometimes, I swear, she keeps doing that just to spite me>

First Known Use of SPITE

circa 1555


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