spiteful

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adjective spite·ful \ˈspīt-fəl\

Definition of spiteful

  1. :  filled with or showing spite :  malicious

spitefully

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spitefulness

noun

Examples of spiteful in a sentence

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

15th Century

First Known Use of spiteful

15th century


SPITEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

spiteful

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adjective spite·ful \ˈspīt-fəl\

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

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adjective spite·ful \ˈspīt-fəl\

Definition of spiteful for Students

  1. :  filled with or showing spite :  malicious

spitefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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