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- 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.
- He was so filled with spite for his ex-wife, he could not hold down a job.
- They did it just for spite.
- (obsolete) Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
- "The time is out of joint: O cursed spite." Shakespeare, Hamlet
ill-will or hatred toward another; a desire to vex or injure
vexation, chagrin, mortification
- (transitive) To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
- She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.
- (transitive, obsolete) To be angry at; to hate.
- The Danes, then […] pagans, spited places of religion. — Fuller.
- (transitive) To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
- Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning, but their language. — Sir. W. Temple.
to treat maliciously
Most common English words before 1923: troops · meeting · corner · #899: spite · built · lower · lead
Often used with the accusative or with the preposition al.