Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being spiteful.
  • n. The result or product of being spiteful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being spiteful; the desire to vex, annoy, or injure, proceeding from irritation; malevolence; malice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. feeling a need to see others suffer
  • n. malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

Etymologies

spiteful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Among them, at least, spitefulness is not a national institution.

    Picture Envy #21 - I Once Met A Great Man

  • It seems a sad kind of spitefulness in nature that persons should have so much trouble to bear when they are tired and faint-hearted and only wish for repose.

    The Silent Isle

  • Judging from the thinly-veiled spitefulness of your comments in here, it must suck to be you.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Racism and The Tea Partiers

  • If booze makes you quarrelsome, then gin can lead you to spitefulness.

    What's Your Problem?

  • Why would I trade these blessings for their bickering, arguing, spitefulness, and bitterness.

    Alfred Augustus Glendening 1861-1903

  • Coolidge doesn't so much crack gags as purr them; her precise, silken tones belying the silliness or spitefulness of the material.

    Jennifer Coolidge

  • But Mag makes her a virtual slave, and the mother's spitefulness and constant complaining, so hilarious to the audience, have taken their toll on the morale of her virgin daughter.

    In These Plays, a Sense of Place is Paramount

  • What I am, though, is I am fed up of the rudeness and the spitefulness of just a small minority of our teenagers.

    Mosquito Targets Teens With Audio Repellent

  • Yet the strange laptop never misbehaved: never froze, never crashed, never devoured work he had forgotten to back up—never, in short, treated him with the kind of spitefulness that had always been his lot from anything involving electrons and wires.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Most denunciations are not of enemies, you know, but of friends—the lover, the colleague, the neighbor—done in a moment of spitefulness or jealousy.

    The Mistaken Wife

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