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dispiteous

[ dis-pit-ee-uhs ]
/ dɪsˈpɪt i əs /
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adjective Archaic.
malicious; cruel; pitiless.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM dispiteous

dis·pit·e·ous·ly, adverbdis·pit·e·ous·ness, noun
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How to use dispiteous in a sentence

  • The morning had succeeded to the hopeless humidity of the night, and the drizzling rain fell with almost dispiteous persistence.

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