- 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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Examples from the Web for spites
Surely the spites were gathering in force again, and this was their doing.
He spites him by damaging his plants all he can in a sly and ingenious way.The Browning Cyclopdia
She knew what spites were; but the god Pan and Apollo with his harp were unknown forms.
Human meanness is never so pitiful as when it tries to seize on God's judgments as weapons with which to gratify its own spites.The End Of The World
The world of Islam was rent in twain by the spites, greeds, and partisan silliness of a handful of men and women in Medina.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
- 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 spites
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 spites
see in spite of.