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[dih-spahyt-fuh l]
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  1. malicious; spiteful.
  2. Obsolete. contemptuous; insolent.
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Origin of despiteful

1400–50; late Middle English. See despite, -ful
Related formsde·spite·ful·ly, adverbde·spite·ful·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Driven by despiteful wrong she takes her seat, In lowly grief, at Jove's eternal feet.

    Mosaics of Grecian History

    Marcius Willson

  • Were His enemies never so many, and never so despiteful against Him, yet He sall rule in the midst of them.

  • But, as I told him, his despiteful mood Is ornament well suits the breast that wears it.

  • He saw in her but the despiteful, revengeful handmaid; he forgot that she was an injured wife—a neglected mother.

  • O false death, how injurious and despiteful hast thou been to me!

British Dictionary definitions for despiteful


despiteous (dɪˈspɪtɪəs)

  1. an archaic word for spiteful
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Derived Formsdespitefully, adverbdespitefulness, noun
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