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- spight (obsolete)
- Ill will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; a desire to vex or injure; petty malice
- Synonyms: 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.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- This is the deadly spite that angers.
- 1945 August 17, George Orwell, chapter 7, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473:
- Out of spite, the human beings pretended not to believe that it was Snowball who had destroyed the windmill: they said that it had fallen down because the walls were too thin.
- (obsolete) Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
- "The time is out of joint: O cursed spite." (Can we date this quote by 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.
- (transitive) To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
- Sir W. Temple
- Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning, but their language.
- Sir W. Temple
to be angry at; to hate
to treat maliciously
to fill with spite
Often used with the accusative or with the preposition al.