Spitefulness

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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