spiteful

adjective

spite·​ful ˈspīt-fəl How to pronounce spiteful (audio)
: filled with or showing spite : malicious
spitefully 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 then the Trump administration, in its spiteful efforts to undo everything Obama, stopped the program, known as DACA. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 12 Mar. 2024 On the surface, the conservative Christian woman wouldn’t dare have a spiteful thought. Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2024 Read the full Virgo Daily Horoscope Libra (September 23 - October 22) Feeling a little… spiteful? USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2024 Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Phil, a spiteful rancher who torments his brother's (Jesse Plemons) new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her sensitive teenage son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) against the backdrop of 1920s Montana. Kevin Jacobsen and Sammi Burke, EW.com, 17 Nov. 2023 Because every year, Poseidon gets excited about the prospects for the University of Texas football team but grows increasingly wroth and spiteful when the team loses some early season games. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 1 June 2023 Relationship management is a hugely important part of the game—let your guard down, and your team will become a group of angry, spiteful misanthropes who refuse to get along. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, 8 May 2023 What intrigued me the most are the twisted stories about camels who are known to be spiteful and hold a grudge. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 Bernarda’s daughters — played with variegated levels of rage by Lizzie Annis, Pearl Chanda, Rosalind Eleazar, Isis Hainsworth and Eliot Salt — chafe under their mother’s spiteful vigilance. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spiteful was in the 15th century

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“Spiteful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiteful. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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spiteful

adjective
spite·​ful ˈspīt-fəl How to pronounce spiteful (audio)
: filled with or showing spite : malicious
spitefully adverb
spitefulness noun

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