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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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Examples from the Web for spited
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  • Her father laughed in his good-natured way to see how spited she was by this social ostracism.

  • The lawyer is the only man he hinders, by whom he is spited for taking up quarrels.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • He would have given half his lands to have spited Guy Darrell.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And it is here as in the court, where the nearest are most spited, and all blows aimed at the toucher.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • Of course he did it to spite Daffydowndilly, but I'm not a bit 'spited.'

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
  • 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
  • Of course he spited the poor young chap, and how could the fact be denied when the poor ghost had come back to ask for his blood?

    A Reputed Changeling Charlotte M. Yonge
  • But Tiny lived, and spited them, and waxed fat and bunchy, while Bunch astonished them all by waning lean and tiny.

  • I wisht I could make the neighbors all see the jestice in his taking over the land and not feel so spited at him.

    Rose of Old Harpeth Maria Thompson Daviess
  • The which spited Antonius in his mind, although he made no outward show of it, and therefore he believed the Egyptian the better.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
British Dictionary definitions for spited

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 spited

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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