Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Despiteful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of contempt or ill will; opprobrious; insulting.
  • adj. Dispiteous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feeling or showing despite; malicious; angry to excess; cruel; contemptuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Despiteful; malicious; furious.

Etymologies

From Anglo-Norman despitous (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Therefore, I tell you that the proud, despiteous rich man, though he knoweth it not, is in hell already, because he hath no fellow; and he that hath so hardy a heart that in sorrow he thinketh of fellowship, his sorrow is soon but a story of sorrow -- a little change in the life that knows not ill. "

    A Dream of John Ball and a King's Lesson

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