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[spahyt] /spaɪt/
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.
verb (used with object), spited, spiting.
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
1250-1300; Middle English; aphetic variant of despite
Related forms
spiteless, adjective
unspited, adjective
1. malevolence, maliciousness, rancor, venom, spleen. See grudge. 8. See notwithstanding. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spited
Historical Examples
  • Of course he did it to spite Daffydowndilly, but I'm not a bit 'spited.'

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
  • The lawyer is the only man he hinders, by whom he is spited for taking up quarrels.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • And it is here as in the court, where the nearest are most spited, and all blows aimed at the toucher.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • He would have given half his lands to have spited Guy Darrell.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She was spited with it, as so many others are, because it won't do for us what we must do for ourselves.

    Guy Deverell, v. 2 of 2 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • But Tiny lived, and spited them, and waxed fat and bunchy, while Bunch astonished them all by waning lean and tiny.

  • Of course he spited the poor young chap, and how could the fact be denied when the poor ghost had come back to ask for his blood?

    A Reputed Changeling Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I wisht I could make the neighbors all see the jestice in his taking over the land and not feel so spited at him.

    Rose of Old Harpeth Maria Thompson Daviess
  • The which spited Antonius in his mind, although he made no outward show of it, and therefore he believed the Egyptian the better.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • This spited Dr. Faustus wonderfully, wherefore he made every one of his company to sit on their holly-wand, and so vanished away.

    Mediaeval Tales Various
British Dictionary definitions for spited


maliciousness involving the desire to harm another; venomous ill will
an instance of such malice; grudge
(archaic) something that induces vexation
(preposition) in spite of, in defiance of; regardless of; notwithstanding
verb (transitive)
to annoy in order to vent spite
(archaic) to offend
Word Origin
C13: variant of despite
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Word Origin and History for spited



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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