- 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.
- to treat with spite or malice.
- to annoy or thwart, out of spite.
- to fill with spite; vex; offend.
- 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
Synonyms for spite
Related Words for spitedmalice, resentment, umbrage, pique, gall, hate, contempt, malevolence, venom, maliciousness, antipathy, peeve, revenge, vengefulness, malignity, vengeance, despite, vindictiveness, animosity, rancor
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Historical Examples of spited
Of course he did it to spite Daffydowndilly, but I'm not a bit 'spited.'Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer
Jessie Graham Flower
And it is here as in the court, where the nearest are most spited, and all blows aimed at the toucher.
The lawyer is the only man he hinders, by whom he is spited for taking up quarrels.
He would have given half his lands to have spited Guy Darrell.What Will He Do With It, Complete
She was spited with it, as so many others are, because it won't do for us what we must do for ourselves.Guy Deverell, v. 2 of 2
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
- 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
- to annoy in order to vent spite
- archaic to offend
Word Origin for spite
c.1300, shortened form of despit "malice" (see despite). Corresponding to Middle Dutch spijt, Middle Low German spyt, Middle Swedish spit. Commonly spelled spight c.1575-1700. The verb is attested from c.1400. Phrase in spite of is recorded from c.1400.
see in spite of.