Definitions for spite
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word spite.
malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venomnoun
feeling a need to see others suffer
cattiness, bitchiness, spite, spitefulness, nastinessverb
malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spiteverb
hurt the feelings of
"She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"
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.
Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.
To be angry at; to hate.
The Danes, then pagans, spited places of religion. uE000116154uE001 Fuller.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: spijt, Dutch; despit, French.
This breeding rather spite than shame in her, or, if it were a shame, a shame not of the fault, but of the repulse, she did thirst for a revenge. Philip Sidney.
Bewray they did their inward boiling spite,
Each stirring others to revenge their cause. Daniel.
Done all to spite
The great Creator; but their spite still serves
His glory to augment. John Milton, Paradise Lost.
Be gone, ye criticks, and restrain your spite,
Codrus writes on, and will for ever write. Alexander Pope.
Blessed be such a preacher, whom God made use of to speak a word in season, and saved me in spite of the world, the devil, and myself. South.
In spite of me I love, and see too late
My mother’s pride must find my mother’s fate. Dryden.
For thy lov’d sake, spite of my boding fears,
I’ll meet the danger which ambition brings. Nicholas Rowe.
My father’s fate,
In spite of all the fortitude that shines
Before my face in Cato’s great example,
Subdues my soul, and fills my eyes with tears. Joseph Addison, Cato.
In spite of all applications the patient grew worse every day. Arbuthnot.
Etymology: from the noun.
Beguil’d, divorced, wronged, spighted, slain,
Most detestable death, by thee. William Shakespeare.
I’ll sacrifice the lamb that I do love,
To spight a raven’s heart within a dove. William Shakespeare.
So with play did he a good while fight against the fight of Zelmane, who, more spited with that courtesy, that one that did nothing should be able to resist her, burned away with choler any motions which might grow out of her own sweet disposition. Philip Sidney.
Darius, spited at the magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning but their language. William Temple.
Spite refers to a malicious intent or desire to harm or trouble someone, often arising out of anger, resentment, or a desire for revenge. It involves acting in a way that is deliberately harmful or hurtful towards another person, without any personal gain or benefit. Spiteful actions may include behaviors such as spreading rumors, sabotaging someone's efforts, or intentionally causing emotional or physical harm.
ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice; grudge; rancor; despite
vexation; chargrin; mortification
to be angry at; to hate
to treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart
to fill with spite; to offend; to vex
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spīt, n. grudge: lasting ill-will: hatred.—v.t. to vex: to thwart: to hate.—adj. Spite′ful, full of spite: desirous to vex or injure: malignant.—adv. Spite′fully.—n. Spite′fulness.—In spite of, in opposition to all efforts of, in defiance of, in contempt of. [Short for despite.]
The numerical value of spite in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of spite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
In spite of that, I'm sincerely happy that my work is now being seen worldwide and that I've been able to show Iran to others through my art.
In the end, I've lived in this community for a long time, the last thing I truly wanted was to see it go up in flames. In spite of my frustration, it really hurt to see that.
A man does what he must-in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all human morality.
The Trustees have always believed that such loans must continue between museums in spite of political disagreements between governments, it is a position energetically shared by our counterparts in Russia.
To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed
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- despitCatalan, Valencian
- Gehässigkeit, BoshaftigkeitGerman
- rencor, despecho, maliciaSpanish
- tusk, meelehärm, vahkvihaEstonian
- katkeruus, ilkeys, mielipaha, ärsyttää, loukata, pahansuopuus, kauna, kiusata, häijyysFinnish
- rancune, dépitFrench
- malevolenza, dispetto, rancore, vessareItalian
- mishandelen, irritatie, droefheid, ergernis, wrok, boosaardigheid, ascese, hatenDutch
- desprezo, rancor, provocar, desprezarPortuguese
- vexa, ciudă, ofensa, dispreț, vexațiune, supărare, răutate, urî, maltrataRomanian
- garez, kinTurkish
- bất chấpVietnamese
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