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

  • adj. Full of malice; spiteful.

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  • adj. Full of despite.
  • adj. Expressing malice or contemptuous hate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of despite; expressing malice or contemptuous hate; malicious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of despite or spite; malicious; spiteful: as, a despiteful enemy.

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

  • adj. showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite


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  • Thirty five years of despiteful disrespect of American voters has led you to this defeat by a lone black candidate that you and your war/slime machine would never believe could happen.

    Clinton chastises press for ignoring sexism

  • I remembered what the Bible said about doing good to those who treated you in a despiteful way.

    Don't Give Up

  • Then the old woman went out with the young lady Khatun, saying to her, “Inshallah, O my daughter, when thou hast visited the Shaykh Abu al-Hamlat, there shall betide thee solace of soul and by leave of Almighty Allah thou shalt conceive, and thy husband the Emir shall love thee by the blessing of the Shaykh and shall never again let thee hear a despiteful word.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • After which I, coming on deck again, stumbled over that very lad, upon the hatchway ladder, who bore so black and despiteful a face, that

    Westward Ho!

  • Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • And they be full wicked Saracens and cruel, and more despiteful than in any other place, and have destroyed all the churches.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Canst thou forget to take revenge of those wild people who have defaced my monument in a despiteful manner, disdaining our antiquities and honorable customs?

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • O false death, how injurious and despiteful hast thou been to me!

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Their altercation heat was much abated, and, in declining from their former strife, they of themselves inclined to a firm accommodation of their differences; because there wanted fuel to that fire of burning rancour and despiteful wrangling whereof the lower sort of lawyers were the kindlers.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Contempt, reproach, despiteful usage, calumnies, false accusations, wrestings of his words, blaspheming of his doctrine, reviling of his person, all that he said and did as to his principles about human government and moral conversation, encompassed him all his days.



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