- Spite is a mean or angry feeling that makes someone want to hurt another.
An example of spite is what someone feels when they are betrayed.
- To spite is to treat someone in a mean manner or be hurtful to another.
An example of to spite is to spread gossip about someone you don’t like.
- a mean or evil feeling toward another, characterized by the inclination to hurt, humiliate, annoy, frustrate, etc.; ill will; malice
- Archaic an instance of this; a grudge
- Obs. something annoying or irritating
Origin of spiteME, aphetic ; from despite: see despite
in spite of
transitive verbspit·ed, spit·ing, spites
Origin of spiteMiddle English, short for despit; see despite.
(usually uncountable, plural spites)
(third-person singular simple present spites, present participle spiting, simple past and past participle spited)
From a shortening of Middle English despit, from Old French despit (whence despite). Cf. also Dutch spijt.
- Notwithstanding; despite.