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spite

[ spahyt ]
/ spaɪt /
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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.

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Idioms about 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

synonym study for spite

1. See grudge. 8. See notwithstanding.

OTHER WORDS FROM spite

spiteless, adjectiveun·spit·ed, adjective
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How to use spite in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with spite

spite

see in spite of.

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