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 spitefully (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 More than 600 works that had been confiscated from public collections were jammed together, accompanied by spiteful slogans. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Max Beckmann’s greatest self-portrait was once reviled by the Nazis as ‘degenerate’," 27 May 2020 In-Depth With Brian Sutter Ego Nwodim interviews a sick anchor Mikey Day, who has infected his spiteful daughter. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler join second at-home episode," 26 Apr. 2020 Kareem's fast-talking and exceptionally spiteful toward Coffee, and—through the remarkably sloppy work of first-time feature scribe Shane Mack—is soon asking a local drug dealer (RonReaco Lee) to put a hit out on him. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) at home this weekend," 3 Apr. 2020 That was rich coming from a U.S. regime that refused to stop strangling the Iranian economy out of pure spiteful malice and whose own response has been defined by dissembling and delay. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The U.S. coronavirus outbreak is going to be worse than Iran's," 27 Mar. 2020 But in her nearly 11-minute introductory speech to supporters in Wheaton on Sunday night, Ives ratcheted up her rhetoric, calling freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten 'a reckless, spiteful demagogue’ and her GOP primary opponent, former Lt. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: What U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi wants from Wednesday’s Robert Mueller hearing | Jeanne Ives is more than a fiery politician | Democrats take their turn being offensive," 23 July 2019 Does it matter if the President is petty or mean or spiteful? Philip Elliott/waukee, Time, "Joe Biden Campaigns Like He's Inevitable. That Might Be Premature," 31 Jan. 2020 Guy Pearce plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the eternally spiteful and selfish grouch whose misdeeds against his workers and even their families are no longer inferred. Hunter Ingram, USA TODAY, "Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis on FX's 'no-holds-barred' remake of 'A Christmas Carol'," 21 Dec. 2019 In such incidents, hooligans, spiteful and evil people, often enter the field and, sometimes, some youths, driven by emotion, accompany them and commit seditious acts. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Could Iran’s Revolution Unravel Over a Four-Cent Price Hike?," 6 Dec. 2019

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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 4 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for spiteful

spiteful

adjective
How to pronounce spiteful (audio)

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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