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Meaning of SPITE

Pronunciation:  spIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
  2. [n]  feeling a need to see others suffer
  3. [v]  hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised me ego"

SPITE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bitchiness, bruise, cattiness, hurt, injure, malice, maliciousness, nastiness, offend, spitefulness, spitefulness, venom, wound
 See Also: abase, affront, arouse, chagrin, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, humble, humiliate, insult, kindle, lacerate, malevolence, malevolence, malevolency, malice, malignity, mortify, provoke, raise, sting



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spite\, n. [Abbreviated fr. despite.]
    1. Ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the
       disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice;
       grudge; rancor; despite. --Pope.
             This is the deadly spite that angers. --Shak.
    2. Vexation; chargrin; mortification. [R.] --Shak.
    {In spite of}, or {Spite of}, in opposition to all efforts
       of; in defiance or contempt of; notwithstanding.
       ``Continuing, spite of pain, to use a knee after it had
       been slightly ibnjured.'' --H. Spenser. ``And saved me in
       spite of the world, the devil, and myself.'' --South. ``In
       spite of all applications, the patient grew worse every
       day.'' --Arbuthnot. See Syn. under {Notwithstanding}.
    {To owe one a spite}, to entertain a mean hatred for him.
    Syn: Pique, rancor; malevolence; grudge.
    Usage: {Spite}, {Malice}. Malice has more reference to the
           disposition, and spite to the manifestation of it in
           words and actions. It is, therefore, meaner than
           malice, thought not always more criminal. `` Malice .
           . . is more frequently employed to express the
           dispositions of inferior minds to execute every
           purpose of mischief within the more limited circle of
           their abilities.'' --Cogan. ``Consider eke, that spite
           availeth naught.'' --Wyatt. See {Pique}.
  2. \Spite\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spited}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To be angry at; to hate. [Obs.]
             The Danes, then . . . pagans, spited places of
             religion.                             --Fuller.
    2. To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
    3. To fill with spite; to offend; to vex. [R.]
             Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavored to abolish
             not only their learning, but their language. --Sir.
                                                   W. Temple.