- a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.
- a particular instance of such an attitude or action; grudge.
- Obsolete. something that causes vexation; annoyance.
- to treat with spite or malice.
- to annoy or thwart, out of spite.
- to fill with spite; vex; offend.
- cut off one's nose to spite one's face. nose(def 23).
- in spite of, in disregard or defiance of; notwithstanding; despite: She arrived at school on time in spite of the snowstorm.
Origin of spite
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- maliciousness involving the desire to harm another; venomous ill will
- an instance of such malice; grudge
- archaic something that induces vexation
- in spite of (preposition) in defiance of; regardless of; notwithstanding
- to annoy in order to vent spite
- archaic to offend
Word Origin and History for in spite of
c.1300, shortened form of despit "malice" (see despite). Corresponding to Middle Dutch spijt, Middle Low German spyt, Middle Swedish spit. Commonly spelled spight c.1575-1700. The verb is attested from c.1400. Phrase in spite of is recorded from c.1400.
Idioms and Phrases with in spite of
in spite of
Regardless of, in defiance of, as in They kept on in spite of their fears. [c. 1400]
see in spite of.