Spite definition

spīt
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.

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(archaic) An instance of this; a grudge.
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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.

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(obs.) Something annoying or irritating.
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A mean or evil feeling toward another, characterized by the inclination to hurt, humiliate, annoy, frustrate, etc.; ill will; malice.
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Ill will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; a desire to vex or injure; petty malice; grudge; rancor.

He was so filled with spite for his ex-wife, he could not hold down a job.

They did it just for spite.

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To treat with spite; show spite toward.
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To behave in a spiteful manner toward; vent one's spite upon by hurting, annoying, frustrating, etc.
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To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.

She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.

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To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.

Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning, but their language. "” Sir. W. Temple.

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Notwithstanding; despite.
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Malicious ill will prompting an urge to hurt or humiliate another person.
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in spite of
  • Not stopped by; regardless of:
    They kept going in spite of their fears.
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in spite of
  • in defiance of; regardless of; notwithstanding
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of spite

  • Middle English short for despit despite

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a shortening of Middle English despit, from Old French despit (whence despite). Cf. also Dutch spijt.

    From Wiktionary