spite

noun
\ ˈspīt How to pronounce spite (audio) \

Definition of spite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

spite

verb
spited; spiting

Definition of spite (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : annoy, offend
b : to fill with spite
2 : to treat maliciously (as by shaming or thwarting)

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Noun

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

Examples of spite in a Sentence

Noun He is jealous and full of spite. spread cruel lies out of pure spite Verb He only did it to spite me. sometimes, I swear, she keeps doing that just to spite me
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lawmakers opposing the event gathered Monday to press Suga and his cabinet's decision to move ahead with the games in spite of the growing health fears. Elizabeth Luhnow, Fox News, 8 June 2021 What the president meant was that, in spite of the challenge that criminality poses in Mexico, Sunday's electoral authorities were able to organize and hold the largest election in the country's history as planned. Rafael Romo, CNN, 7 June 2021 In spite of the knowledge that he was suspected of fraud, federal officials aid Dunlap continued to bill Medicaid by using the Medicaid provider number issued by the state to an unwitting colleague. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 5 June 2021 Being a former Los Angeles Dodgers player, Pederson apparently has retained his villain status in Oracle Park, in spite of changing uniforms. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2021 That’s because of the Constitution, not in spite of it. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 4 June 2021 In spite of these minor issues, Verzuz made drab weekends and weeknights feel fun again and has restored a spirit of friendly competition to the game. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 3 June 2021 In spite of lung cancer’s lethality, data has shown that only a small percentage of patients eligible for lung cancer screening take advantage of the services. Morris Panner, Forbes, 3 June 2021 In spite of voters’ support for limits, Rayfield expressed skepticism from early in the session about the Legislature’s likelihood to set limits this year and suggested proponents might have to take the issue to voters in a ballot initiative. oregonlive, 2 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the face of adversity, don’t cut your nose off to spite your face. Ellevate, Forbes, 24 May 2021 In turning our attention to spite, McCarthy-Jones has identified an important element in the emotional climate of the present. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 13 May 2021 That or the old saying about cutting off your nose to spite your face. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2021 One of her achievements in depicting a radically unequal society was to reclaim spite as a literary weapon. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 13 May 2021 Brazil has never been a country that could spite the world. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 This is a classic example of the NFLPA cutting off its nose to spite its face. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2021 Ruiz sparked debates about body shape and convention, winning for the doughy among us to spite the sculpted and chiseled. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Voters — individually and in majorities — are as apt to be wrong about things as right about them, often vote from low motives such as bigotry and spite, and very often are contentedly ignorant. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of spite

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spite

Noun

Middle English, short for despite

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The first known use of spite was in the 14th century

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“Spite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spite. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for spite

spite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

spite

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spite (Entry 2 of 2)

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

spite

noun
\ ˈspīt How to pronounce spite (audio) \

Kids Definition of spite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: dislike or hatred for another person with a wish to torment, anger, or defeat
in spite of
: without being prevented by The club failed in spite of our efforts.

spite

verb
spited; spiting

Kids Definition of spite (Entry 2 of 2)

: annoy, anger He did it to spite me.

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