Definitions for: Spite


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


Spite, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spited; p. pr. & vb. n.
Spiting.]
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.

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

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