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), spited, spiting.
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.

1250–1300; Middle English; aphetic variant of despite

spiteless, adjective
unspited, adjective

1. malevolence, maliciousness, rancor, venom, spleen. See grudge. 7. See notwithstanding.
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spite (spaɪt)
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
5.  to annoy in order to vent spite
6.  archaic to offend
[C13: variant of despite]

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c.1300, shortened form of despit "malice" (see despite). Corresponding to M.Du. spijt, M.L.G. spyt, M.Swed. 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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see in spite of.

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Example sentences
Nonetheless, in spite of their many differences, the two cities do share much
  in common.
In spite of this, many people find it a moving experience.
We rolled ourselves in blankets, determined to rest in spite of the storm.
In spite of their new status and the architectural homage in the capital, their
  lot has hardly improved.
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