[ dis-pit-ee-uhs ]

  1. malicious; cruel; pitiless.

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, adverb
  • dis·pit·e·ous·ness, noun

Words Nearby dispiteous

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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.

    The Wearing of the Green | A.M. Sullivan