spite

[ spahyt ]
/ spaɪt /

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If you cut off your nose despite your face, that’s like lopping off your schnoz without any regard to your face. But if you cut off your nose to spite your face, you’re doing because you’re so mad at it. So which is it?

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noun

a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.
a particular instance of such an attitude or action; grudge.
Obsolete. something that causes vexation; annoyance.

verb (used with object), spit·ed, spit·ing.

to treat with spite or malice.
to annoy or thwart, out of spite.
to fill with spite; vex; offend.

Idioms for spite

    cut off one's nose to spite one's face. nose(def 23).
    in spite of, in disregard or defiance of; notwithstanding; despite: She arrived at school on time in spite of the snowstorm.

Origin of spite

1250–1300; Middle English; aphetic variant of despite

OTHER WORDS FROM spite

spite·less, adjectiveun·spit·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spite

spite
/ (spaɪt) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to annoy in order to vent spite
archaic to offend

Word Origin for spite

C13: variant of despite
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Idioms and Phrases with spite

spite

see in spite of.

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