- malicious; spiteful.
- Obsolete. contemptuous; insolent.
Origin of despiteful
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Examples from the Web for despiteful
Driven by despiteful wrong she takes her seat, In lowly grief, at Jove's eternal feet.Mosaics of Grecian History
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.The Vision of Hell, Complete
He saw in her but the despiteful, revengeful handmaid; he forgot that she was an injured wife—a neglected mother.Notable Women of Olden Time
O false death, how injurious and despiteful hast thou been to me!Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
- an archaic word for spiteful
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