Definitions for spitespaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spitespaɪt(n.; v.)spit•ed, spit•ing.

  1. (n.)a malicious, usu. petty desire to harm, annoy, or humiliate another person; malice.

  2. a particular instance of such an attitude or action; grudge.

  3. Obs. something that causes vexation; annoyance.

  4. (v.t.)to treat with spite or malice.

  5. to annoy or thwart, out of spite.

  6. to fill with spite; vex; offend.

Idioms for spite:

  1. in spite of,in disregard or defiance of; notwithstanding; despite.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of spite:

1250–1300; ME; aph. var. of despite

Princeton's WordNet

  1. malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venom(noun)

    feeling a need to see others suffer

  2. cattiness, bitchiness, spite, spitefulness, nastiness(verb)

    malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

  3. hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spite(verb)

    hurt the feelings of

    "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spite(noun)ɪt

    although sth else has happened or is true; = despite

    I believed him, in spite of the fact that he had lied before.

  2. spiteɪt

    a feeling of wanting to upset sb

    She's telling lies about me out of spite.


  1. spite(Noun)

    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.

  2. spite(Noun)

    Vexation; chagrin; mortification.

  3. spite(Verb)

    To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.

    She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.

  4. spite(Verb)

    To be angry at; to hate.

    The Danes, then pagans, spited places of religion. uE000116154uE001 Fuller.

  5. spite

    To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.

    Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning, but their language. uE000116155uE001 Sir. W. Temple.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spite(noun)

    ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice; grudge; rancor; despite

  2. Spite(noun)

    vexation; chargrin; mortification

  3. Spite(verb)

    to be angry at; to hate

  4. Spite(verb)

    to treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart

  5. Spite(verb)

    to fill with spite; to offend; to vex


  1. Spite

    In fair division problems, spite is a phenomenon that occurs when a player's value of an allocation decreases when one or more other players' valuation increases. Thus, other things being equal, a player exhibiting spite will prefer an allocation in which other players receive less than more. In this language, spite is difficult to analyze because one has to assess two sets of preferences. For example, in the divide and choose method, a spiteful player would have to make a trade-off between depriving his opponent of cake, and getting more himself. Within the field of social evolution, spite is used to describe those social behaviors that have a negative impact on both the actor and recipient. Spite can be favored by kin selection when: it leads to an indirect benefit to some third party that is sufficiently related to the actor; or when it is directed primarily at negatively related individuals. Negative relatedness occurs when two individuals are less related than average.

Anagrams of spite

  1. Piets

  2. Stipe

Translations for spite

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


ill-will or desire to hurt or offend

She neglected to give him the message out of spite.

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