- 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 spiting
The idea of spiting a town because there has been a row in it seems to me to be preposterous.North America, Volume I (of 2)
Nothing else on the river but the usual guards of spiting devil.
Moreover, in their present mood each of these women saw a chance of spiting another by depriving her of the job.Brother Copas
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He gives his money to hospitals because the last pleasure of which he is capable is that of spiting his relations.The Prime Minister
In addition Dupuy, the head of the Cabinet, seemed to be spiting the new President.A History of the Third French Republic
C. H. C. Wright
- 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 spiting
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 spiting
see in spite of.