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dispiteous

[dis-pit-ee-uh s]
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adjective Archaic.
  1. malicious; cruel; pitiless.

Origin of dispiteous

1795–1805; earlier despiteous, alteration, after piteous, of dispitous, despitous, Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French; see despite, -ous; later taken as dis-1 + piteous
Related formsdis·pit·e·ous·ly, adverbdis·pit·e·ous·ness, noun
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