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

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Therefore, spiteful steps to diminish fan interest in one team pose league-wide consequences. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Adam Silver Fines Knicks, James Dolan With NBA Reputation In Mind," 24 June 2019 Jessica Cler, Alaska state director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, called Dunleavy’s budget cut spiteful, according to The Associated Press. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy vetoes $335,000 from Alaska judiciary budget over court’s abortion decisions," 30 June 2019 Harrison’s work isn’t that spiteful, but there’s a consistent humor in it about the often beautiful absurdity of life. Nick Ripatrazone, National Review, "Jim Harrison’s Essential Poetry," 8 June 2019 Her characters are often shortsighted and spiteful. Adrienne Green, The Atlantic, "The Costs of Going After Love," 7 June 2019 Half the bleak, spiteful, xenophobic, self-defeating, archaic, pandering picture. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "What won’t Alabama politicians do? This," 7 June 2019 This has had an adverse effect for him as the spiteful trolls are attacking him for his kindness. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Zayn's "Aunt" Defends Him After Twitter Blasts Him for Asking Fans to Donate to Her Cancer Treatment," 3 May 2017 This status gives the village its own mayor, water supply and an architectural review board that has been criticized for being arbitrary, if not spiteful. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Shelter Island, N.Y.: A Paradise That Has Its Challenges," 16 May 2018 Some former Sire artists remember him as a capricious and spiteful boss, collecting bands purely to deny other labels, then withholding promotion. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "‘Siren Song’ Review: An Ear for What Was Next," 14 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spiteful

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


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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