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[spahyt] /spaɪt/
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
Related forms
spiteless, adjective
unspited, adjective
1. malevolence, maliciousness, rancor, venom, spleen. See grudge. 7. See notwithstanding.
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Examples for spite
  • 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.
  • Reject too many people for a job opening and they may flag your ad in spite every time they see it-and every new ad you post, too.
  • We both enjoyed the film in spite of how difficult it was to watch at times.
  • As if to spite me, the sky was blue, and the light was too brilliant.
  • The authorities cut off their own nose to spite their face.
  • Nuclear energy gives us a clean and sustainable energy option, in spite of the hysteria surrounding it.
  • We had to laugh at the little rascal in spite of ourselves.
British Dictionary definitions for spite


maliciousness involving the desire to harm another; venomous ill will
an instance of such malice; grudge
(archaic) something that induces vexation
(preposition) in spite of, in defiance of; regardless of; notwithstanding
verb (transitive)
to annoy in order to vent spite
(archaic) to offend
Word Origin
C13: variant of despite
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Word Origin and History 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.

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