spite

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: spīt, IPA(key): /spaɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪt

Etymology 1[edit]

From a shortening of Middle English despit, from Old French despit (whence despite), from Latin dēspectum (looking down on), from Latin dēspiciō (to look down, despise). Compare also Dutch spijt.

Noun[edit]

spite (usually uncountable, plural spites)

  1. Ill will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the desire to irritate, annoy, or thwart; a want to disturb or put out another; mild 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.
  2. (obsolete) Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
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Verb[edit]

spite (third-person singular simple present spites, present participle spiting, simple past and past participle spited)

  1. (transitive) To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
    She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To be angry at; to hate.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, Church-History of Britain
      The Danes, then [] pagans, principally spited places of religion.
  3. (transitive) To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
    • 1690, Sir William Temple, Of Ancient and Modern Learning
      Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning, but their language.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Preposition[edit]

spite

  1. Notwithstanding; despite.

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Esperanto[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English spite.

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Adverb[edit]

spite

  1. in spite of
  2. defiantly

Usage notes[edit]

Often used with the accusative or with the preposition al.

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Polish[edit]

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spite

  1. inflection of spity:
    1. neuter nominative/accusative/vocative singular
    2. nonvirile nominative/accusative/vocative plural