spite

noun
\ ˈspīt \

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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Harry and Meghan, on the other hand, will likely visit with her mother, Doria Ragland, who won't be joining the royals for Christmas in Sandringham, in spite of earlier reports. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle Will All Spend Christmas Together After All," 16 Dec. 2018 But in spite of Spider-Man’s successful MCU integration, Sony continued to work on many of its expanded universe ideas. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018 Paired with glossy booties instead of high heels, the look felt laid back in spite of its luxury. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet Give a Crash Course in BoHo Couple’s Style," 13 Dec. 2018 All my students have ever requested is a way to keep engaging with the content — all the content — of my courses, in spite of setbacks. Jonathan W. Wilson, Vox, "My students aren’t asking for safe spaces. They’re repressing past traumas to survive.," 12 Dec. 2018 But in spite of this, women accounted for only around a quarter of sole protagonists in the top 2017 films and only played about a third of major characters. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Female-Led Films Earn More Than Ones Starring Men, According to a New Study," 11 Dec. 2018 In spite of tens of thousands of people logging in to play, matches are taking no less than eight minutes at a time to gather 16 combatants. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Counter-Strike GO becomes F2P, adds a shrunken battle royale mode," 6 Dec. 2018 Abandonment issues In spite of these weaknesses, Edge does have its own high points: its resource usage seems to be fairly consistently lower than Chrome's, leading to much better battery life on mobile devices. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone," 4 Dec. 2018 The hotel workers’ union says the measure is needed to reduce a glut of new lodging supply that has kept a lid on New York’s daily room rates, in spite of high occupancy levels and booming tourism to the city. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Hotel Developers Fight NYC Proposal That Would Reduce New Building," 27 Nov. 2018

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In fact, the attacker will take it one step further, and join fierce rivals Barcelona instead - simply to spite Los Blancos. SI.com, "Report Claims Mohamed Salah Has 'Decided Against' Real Madrid Move for Ridiculous Reason," 12 June 2018 Toure's damning assessment of Guardiola - who has managed him at two separate clubs - arrived alongside the Ivorian's offer to play for another top six side for only £1 per week in order to spite Guardiola. SI.com, "'I Never Saw Something Racist': De Bruyne Defends Pep Guardiola Over Yaya Toure's Anti-African Claim," 6 June 2018 But that didn’t stop these conservatives from using the farm bill vote to spite the leadership for its inaction on immigration. Philip Elliott, Time, "The House GOP Is in Chaos," 21 May 2018 Obama naively believed that the Republicans wouldn’t be willing to handicap a third of the federal government just to spite him. Jason Johnson, The Root, "It’s Been a Lousy Week in Politics, and Some of It Is Obama’s Fault," 29 June 2018 But there were real -- and valid -- concerns heading into Tuesday's primaries that the party might well cut off its nose to spite its face in the Golden State. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Trump's 'great night for Republicans' in the California primaries wasn't so great after all," 6 June 2018 Prosecutors had argued that Ms. Ortega was angry about her workload and schedule and killed the children to spite their mother. New York Times, "Yoselyn Ortega, Nanny Who Killed 2 Children, Is Sentenced to Life in Prison," 14 May 2018 All this would cost $750m—a steep price just to spite a neighbour. The Economist, "Why Qatar is raising cows in the desert," 17 May 2018 Crawford was on Pepsi's board of directors at the time (her late husband, Alfred Steele, was a Pepsi executive), so Davis had a Coke machine installed in her dressing room just to spite her. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Timeline of the Real Feud Between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford," 22 Feb. 2017

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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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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 \

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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