spiteful

[spahyt-fuhl]
adjective
full of spite or malice; showing spite; malicious; malevolent; venomous: a spiteful child.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see spite, -ful

spitefully, adverb
spitefulness, noun
unspiteful, adjective
unspitefully, adverb


vengeful, mean, cruel, rancorous. Spiteful, revengeful, vindictive refer to a desire to inflict a wrong or injury on someone, usually in return for one received. Spiteful implies a mean or malicious desire for (often petty) revenge: a spiteful attitude toward a former friend. Revengeful implies a deep, powerful, and continued intent to repay a wrong: a fierce and revengeful spirit. Vindictive does not imply action necessarily, but stresses the unforgiving nature of the avenger: a vindictive look.


benevolent.
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spiteful (ˈspaɪtfʊl)
 
adj
full of or motivated by spite; vindictive
 
spitefully
 
adv
 
spitefulness
 
n

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Example sentences
Any kind of spiteful or negative comment is sure to be magnified and repeated
  with relish.
Spiteful motivations and sophisticated social learning skills, however, appear
  uniquely human.
They have received threats of violence, they say, and inspired spiteful decals
  and bumper stickers.
Or they may be spiteful messages intended to tease and confuse.
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