spiteful

adjective
spite·​ful | \ ˈspīt-fəl How to pronounce spiteful (audio) \

Definition of spiteful

: filled with or showing spite : malicious

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Other Words from spiteful

spitefully \ ˈspīt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce spiteful (audio) \ adverb
spitefulness noun

Examples of spiteful in a Sentence

the gossip would utter the most vicious things with a spiteful smile
Recent Examples on the Web The symptoms, including the formerly sweet-natured Cardona becoming increasingly spiteful toward family members, worsened to the point that Duarte’s brother, a Chicago police officer, could no longer care for her. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 7 June 2021 Jane Austen, the great artist of spiteful snobbery and petty vengeance, knew this well. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 13 May 2021 To me, the union’s decision is spiteful and only harms students. baltimoresun.com, 12 May 2021 Was this a spiteful push to bring the company down? William Ralston, Wired, 4 May 2021 This fact is crucial to explaining the existence of spiteful motivations. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Whichever is the case, their white neighbors, led by spiteful Betty (Alison Pill), are anything but welcoming in this provocative thriller. Jeanne Jakle, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Apr. 2021 TikToks of Miami kids raving their faces off with a tiny, spiteful bit of envy in your hearts, here’s your chance to do it with your government’s permission. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2021 Demonically possessed characters convulsing are ten a penny in horror movies, but Val’s limbs twist like she’s a doll being yanked by a spiteful toddler. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of spiteful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Spiteful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiteful. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for spiteful

spiteful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spiteful

: having or showing a desire to harm, anger, or defeat someone : having or showing spite

spiteful

adjective
spite·​ful | \ ˈspīt-fəl How to pronounce spiteful (audio) \

Kids Definition of spiteful

: filled with or showing spite : malicious

Other Words from spiteful

spitefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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