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 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 But where does that get us, beyond the vague suspicion that immortality—at least in the shape of the vengeful Yahweh or the spiteful Greek and Roman gods—is no guarantee of wisdom? Arthur Krystal, The New Yorker, "Why We Can’t Tell the Truth About Aging," 28 Oct. 2019 You should not be held captive for years because your spiteful almost-ex is dragging things out. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Moving in together becomes a roadblock in relationship," 9 Nov. 2019 The hitch comes when River (David Corenswet), a handsome jock with whom Payton had an affair, joins the race at the urging of his spiteful girlfriend, Astrid (Lucy Boynton). Judy Berman, Time, "Ryan Murphy's Netflix Debut The Politician Is Peak Ryan Murphy. That's Not a Bad Thing," 23 Sep. 2019 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

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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