spiteful

adjective spite·ful \ ˈspīt-fəl \

Definition of spiteful

:filled with or showing spite :malicious

spitefully

play \ˈspīt-fə-lē\ adverb

spitefulness

noun

Examples of spiteful in a Sentence

  1. the gossip would utter the most vicious things with a spiteful smile

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First Known Use of spiteful

15th century


SPITEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

spiteful

adjective

Definition of spiteful for English Language Learners

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


SPITEFUL Defined for Kids

spiteful

adjective spite·ful \ ˈspīt-fəl \

Definition of spiteful for Students

:filled with or showing spite :malicious

spitefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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