An example of spite is what someone feels when they are betrayed.
An example of to spite is to spread gossip about someone you don’t like.
- Not stopped by; regardless of:.They kept going in spite of their fears.
- In defiance of; regardless of; notwithstanding.
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.