spite

[ spahyt ]
/ spaɪt /

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 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

SYNONYMS FOR spite

OTHER WORDS FROM spite

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

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 spiting

spite

see in spite of.

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