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[ spahyt ]


  1. a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.

    Synonyms: maliciousness, spleen, venom, rancor, malevolence

  2. a particular instance of such an attitude or action; grudge.
  3. Obsolete. something that causes vexation; annoyance.

verb (used with object)

, spit·ed, spit·ing.
  1. to treat with spite or malice.
  2. to annoy or thwart, out of spite.
  3. to fill with spite; vex; offend.


/ spaɪt /


  1. maliciousness involving the desire to harm another; venomous ill will
  2. an instance of such malice; grudge
  3. archaic.
    something that induces vexation
  4. in spite of
    in spite of preposition in defiance of; regardless of; notwithstanding


  1. to annoy in order to vent spite
  2. archaic.
    to offend

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Other Words From

  • spiteless adjective
  • un·spited adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spite1

1250–1300; Middle English; aphetic variant of despite

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spite1

C13: variant of despite

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. in spite of, in disregard or defiance of; notwithstanding; despite:

    She arrived at school on time in spite of the snowstorm.

  2. cut off one's nose to spite one's face. nose ( def 23 ).

More idioms and phrases containing spite

see in spite of .

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Example Sentences

In spite of their differences with Cardona, both large teachers unions in Connecticut are supporting his nomination.

So what surprised me was there was still an enormous volume of users coming through, in spite of all this competition that was out there.

Disregarding that promise, her father’s wife sells her out of spite.

These stories have a remarkable richness — not in spite of the pandemic, but because of it.

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In spite of all the hours spent talking, there are some things you don’t tell Fatima about.

Like I said, in spite of or because of my circumstances, I was able to accomplish my dreams.

Much of the drama that transpires towards the end of the story is due to the pure love itself, not in spite of it.

In spite of that, Stewart had never appeared on the Report until last night, when he joined to discuss his new film, Rosewater.

But Boehner and the Republicans refused, completely out of cowardice and to spite Obama.

Finally, if they go to war abroad again, it will allow them to grow defense spending in spite of budget caps.

"I verily believe they're gone to look at my button," cried Davy, beginning to laugh, in spite of his fears.

She looked up at him with sad and eloquent eyes, which softened his heart in spite of himself.

In spite of this, the garden studio was not wholly forsaken, and nearly every day she accomplished something there.

Hence their presence elsewhere, in spite of their passionate attachment to their free native hills.

Mindful of the military nature of the occasion he appeared in his old army overcoat, in spite of the heat.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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