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 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, "Indie Focus: Sports and abuse in ‘Slalom’," 9 Apr. 2021 Of course, Harry was following the playbook his mother, Princess Diana, developed—of cultivating media allies to counter the smears and spiteful briefing of the Firm’s formidable press operation. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "The Great Disenchantment: Harry, Meghan & the Monarchy," 9 Mar. 2021 Forbes’ manner isn’t one of someone who is spiteful, rather it’s of a man who worked to find inner peace. Omar Abdel-baqui, USA TODAY, "Michigan man imprisoned for nearly 4 decades exonerated after witness admits to lying," 15 Dec. 2020 Although cognizant of the system that oppressed him, Forbes’ manner isn’t one of someone who is spiteful, rather it’s of a man who worked to find inner peace. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan man jailed for nearly 4 decades exonerated after witness admits to lying," 14 Dec. 2020 And Donald Trump, whose mood in his final weeks varies from sulking to spiteful, seems to be plotting to rescue his own image by derailing the Presidency of the man who defeated him. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "What Will a Vengeful President Do to the World in His Final Weeks?," 19 Nov. 2020 Security experts labeled the attack Sour Grapes for its spiteful nature. Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, "Prosecutors Charge Russian Intelligence Officers in Cyberattacks," 19 Oct. 2020 At one point, the address of Fang Fang’s house in Wuhan was published, and people wrapped rocks with spiteful messages and lobbed them over her wall. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Nine Days in Wuhan, the Ground Zero of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 5 Oct. 2020 Given Trump’s spiteful immigration policies and the nation’s brutal history of eugenics and forced sterilization, the allegation didn’t sound particularly far-fetched. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "America’s Conspiracies of Profit," 1 Oct. 2020

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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 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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