American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Malicious ill will prompting an urge to hurt or humiliate.
- n. An instance of malicious feeling.
- v. To show spite toward.
- v. To vent spite on.
- v. To fill with spite.
- v. To annoy: He did it just to spite her.
- idiom. in spite of Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Injury; mischief; shame; disgrace; dishonor.
- n. A disposition to thwart and disappoint the wishes of another; ill-will; malevolence; malice; grudge; rancor.
- n. Chagrin; vexation; ill luck; trouble.
- n. Synonyms Animosity, Ill-will, Enmity, etc. (see animosity), pique, spleen, defiance. In spite of, Despite, etc. See not-withstanding.
- To dislike; regard with ill-will.
- To thwart; cross; mortify; treat maliciously: as, to cut off one's nose to spite one's face.
- To fill with vexation; offend.
- n. Ill will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; a desire to vex or injure; petty malice; grudge; rancor.
- n. Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
- v. transitive To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
- v. transitive, obsolete To be angry at; to hate.
- v. transitive To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
- prep. Notwithstanding; despite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice; grudge; rancor; despite.
- n. rare Vexation; chargrin; mortification.
- v. obsolete To be angry at; to hate.
- v. To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
- v. rare To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
- v. hurt the feelings of
- n. malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
- n. feeling a need to see others suffer
- From a shortening of Middle English despit, from Old French despit (whence despite). Cf. also Dutch spijt. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, short for despit; see despite. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And yet, in spite of that -- in _spite_ of that, I say -- we have thus far held the enemy at a standstill.”
“And yet in the very face of these plain, incontrovertible, all-visible facts, we go on from year to year with the base system of Academy teaching, in spite of which every one of these men has risen: I say _in spite_ of the entire method and aim of our art-teaching.”
“Now I arise," any extraordinary accession to the business, as it is technically called, of the scene: for I do not think that his resuming his magical robe was in any way necessary to account for the slumber which overcomes Miranda, "in spite of her interest in her father's story," and which Mr. Collier says the commentators have endeavored to account for in various ways; but putting "_because_ of her interest in her father's story," instead of "_in spite_ of," I feel none of the difficulty which beset the commentators, and which Mr. Collier conjures by the stage-direction which makes Prospero resume his magic robe at”
“People have died for that vote you are going to make, and to use it in spite is shamefull.”
“Your spite is a cancer that affects you and those around you.”
“Hmmm … I love the idea of a whole host of characters who make us love them in spite of how messed up their thinking is!”
“I made the mistake of not reading The Hours first and the movie was so atrocious that I have not been able to bring myself to read the book in spite of knowing Cunningham did a good job and is a passsionate Woolf and Mrs. Dalloway fan.”
“If memory serves, you're description of Smith was in spite of him not really filling the role of leader of the party until the previous Budget (November '93), where he really tore Clarke to shread's.”
“Nearly 20 years later, there is plenty of research and scientific consensus on the health effects ofincineration, in spite of what SEPA officials may claim.”
“With all of its terrible flaws and limitations, including horseplay and hooliganism, and in spite of its ineptitudes. inconsistencies, and disorganization, I believe in it, and I believe in it for this reason alone, that my writing is simultaneously uniquely my own, and not mine at all ….”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘spite’.
This is an experiment in public lists--something I've been thinking about for some time. The goal is to create a collection of short, powerful, evocative words.
This is an open list. A...
Typical words from Beatles song titles. Can you recreate the titles?
(Grammatical words have been omitted)
Collected from reading
Words for June
Non-English is okay, but please don't add misspellings.
Very basic words for ESL students.
They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
In a Sieve they went to...
because wordsmith is not a verb.
Looking for tweets for spite.