What does spite mean?

Definitions for spite
spaɪtspite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venomnoun

    feeling a need to see others suffer

  2. cattiness, bitchiness, spite, spitefulness, nastinessverb

    malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

  3. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. spitenoun

    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. spitenoun

    Vexation; chagrin; mortification.

  3. spiteverb

    To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.

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

  4. spiteverb

    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. Spitenoun

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

  2. Spitenoun

    vexation; chargrin; mortification

  3. Spiteverb

    to be angry at; to hate

  4. Spiteverb

    to treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart

  5. Spiteverb

    to fill with spite; to offend; to vex

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spite

    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.]

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  1. Piets

  2. Stipe

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spite in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of spite in a Sentence

  1. Saoud Hamidi:

    I felt liberated, they made us wear it against our will so I removed it that way to spite them.

  2. Jay Nixon:

    Others of us are at the table not in spite of our actions in the patriotic protests but because of them. They are united by the shared passion to promote understanding, to hasten healing, to ensure equal opportunities in education and employment and to safeguard the civil rights of all our citizens.

  3. Michael James:

    In spite of the disappointment from the financials, which have been and continue to be a laggard ... there's still relative strength.

  4. Alex Trebek:

    You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful.

  5. Kenya Airways:

    We have had some disruptions this morning as a result of the pilots' strike announced on Tuesday and in spite of our agreement yesterday.

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    offensive to the mind
    • A. repugnant
    • B. bonzer
    • C. pecuniary
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