spite·​ful | \ ˈspīt-fəl How to pronounce spiteful (audio) \

Definition of spiteful

: filled with or showing spite : malicious

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 Then, the plot fast-forwards several weeks, the set spins around, and the audience watches how the actors keep the show going despite their increasingly spiteful and violent backstage shenanigans. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 Educational campaigns have dispelled common false claims, including that spiteful ex-spouses can easily abuse the system to permanently disarm former partners. Kimberly Kindy, Washington Post, 18 July 2022 Turned off by daily tabloids attacking certain royals in spiteful and barely literate terms? Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 The trio were hauled off in a police car in front of the Arconia before a crowd of smug onlookers after Mabel was found covered in blood with the dead body of their spiteful neighbor, Bunny (Jayne Houdyshell). Emily Longeretta, Variety, 13 May 2022 The letter to McCarthy is spiteful, petty, and vain. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, 6 Apr. 2022 What conditions produce large, spiteful, anti-intellectual mobs? WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Gathering her spiteful white friends and driving out to the house of a local waitress — a woman who isn’t white, and who doesn’t fit Emily’s narrow idea of racial superiority — with the goal of confiscating her passport. Peter Debruge, Variety, 12 Mar. 2022 Set up what appears to be a spiteful song, the G’s first-ever collab — produced by Ovy on the Drums — quickly takes a turn, transitioning into a bouncy, uptempo anthem about the empowerment that comes after letting go of a toxic relationship. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for spiteful


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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