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spite

[spahyt] /spaɪt/
noun
1.
a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.
2.
a particular instance of such an attitude or action; grudge.
3.
Obsolete. something that causes vexation; annoyance.
verb (used with object), spited, spiting.
4.
to treat with spite or malice.
5.
to annoy or thwart, out of spite.
6.
to fill with spite; vex; offend.
Idioms
7.
cut off one's nose to spite one's face. nose (def 23).
8.
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
1250-1300; Middle English; aphetic variant of despite
Related forms
spiteless, adjective
unspited, adjective
Synonyms
1. malevolence, maliciousness, rancor, venom, spleen. See grudge. 7. See notwithstanding.
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  • Vivian, in spite of his philosophy, felt the excitement of the moment.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Percival was being forced to cheerfulness in spite of himself.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She must be a foreigner—Italian, for choice, in spite of her English eyes.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • "In spite of all that, it may be true enough," returned the lawyer, composedly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • spite of the testimony of her own ears, she would not believe it.

British Dictionary definitions for spite

spite

/spaɪt/
noun
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.
(preposition) in spite of, in defiance of; regardless of; notwithstanding
verb (transitive)
5.
to annoy in order to vent spite
6.
(archaic) to offend
Word Origin
C13: variant of despite
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Word Origin and History for spite
n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with spite

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