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spite

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noun \ ˈspīt \

Definition of spite

1 :petty ill will or hatred with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart
2 :an instance of spite
in spite of
:in defiance or contempt of :without being prevented by
  • succeeded in spite of their opposition

Examples of spite in a Sentence

  1. He is jealous and full of spite.

  2. spread cruel lies out of pure spite

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Origin and Etymology of spite

Middle English, short for despite

Synonym Discussion of spite

malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer.
    • felt no malice toward their former enemies
malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct.
    • a look of dark malevolence
ill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration.
    • ill will provoked by a careless remark
spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments.
    • petty insults inspired by spite
malignity implies deep passion and relentlessness.
    • a life consumed by motiveless malignity
spleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice.
    • venting his spleen against politicians
grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction.
    • never one to harbor a grudge

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spite

verb

Definition of spite

spited; spiting
transitive verb
1 a :annoy, offend
b :to fill with spite
2 :to treat maliciously (as by shaming or thwarting)

Examples of spite in a Sentence

  1. He only did it to spite me.

  2. sometimes, I swear, she keeps doing that just to spite me

Recent Examples of spite from the Web

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First Known Use of spite

circa 1555



SPITE Defined for English Language Learners

spite

play
noun

Definition of spite for English Language Learners

  • : a desire to harm, anger, or defeat another person especially because you feel that you have been treated wrongly in some way


spite

verb

Definition of spite for English Language Learners

  • : to deliberately annoy, upset, or hurt (someone)


SPITE Defined for Kids

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spite

play
noun \ ˈspīt \

Definition of spite for Students

:dislike or hatred for another person with a wish to torment, anger, or defeat
in spite of
:without being prevented by
  • The club failed in spite of our efforts.

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spite

verb

Definition of spite for Students

spited; spiting
:annoy, anger
  • He did it to spite me.


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