dispiteous

[ dis-pit-ee-uh s ]
/ dɪsˈpɪt i əs /

adjective Archaic.

malicious; cruel; pitiless.

Nearby words

  1. disphenoid,
  2. dispireme,
  3. dispirit,
  4. dispirited,
  5. dispiriting,
  6. displace,
  7. displaced,
  8. displaced homemaker,
  9. displaced person,
  10. displacement

Origin of dispiteous

1795–1805; earlier despiteous, alteration, after piteous, of dispitous, despitous, Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French; see despite, -ous; later taken as dis-1 + piteous

Related formsdis·pit·e·ous·ly, adverbdis·pit·e·ous·ness, noun

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