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BNC: 14563 COCA: 4179


1 spite /ˈspaɪt/ noun
1 spite
Learner's definition of SPITE
: a desire to harm, anger, or defeat another person especially because you feel that you have been treated wrongly in some way恶意;怨恨

in spite of

: without being prevented by (something) : despiteused to say that something happens or is true even though there is something that might prevent it from happening or being true尽管

in spite of yourself

: even though you do not want to or expect to不由自主地;不自觉地
2 spite /ˈspaɪt/ verb
spites; spited; spiting
2 spite
spites; spited; spiting
Learner's definition of SPITE
[+ object]
: to deliberately annoy, upset, or hurt (someone)故意使烦恼;存心扰乱;存心伤害

cut off your nose to spite your face

see 1nose
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1 of 2


: petty ill will or hatred with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart
: an instance of spite


2 of 2


spited; spiting

transitive verb

: to fill with spite
: to treat maliciously (as by shaming or thwarting)
in spite of
: in defiance or contempt of : without being prevented by
succeeded in spite of their opposition
Choose the Right Synonym for spite

malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress.

malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer.

felt no malice toward their former enemies

malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct.

a look of dark malevolence

ill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration.

ill will provoked by a careless remark

spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments.

petty insults inspired by spite

malignity implies deep passion and relentlessness.

a life consumed by motiveless malignity

spleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice.

venting his spleen against politicians

grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction.

never one to harbor a grudge

Example Sentences

Noun He is jealous and full of spite. spread cruel lies out of pure spite Verb He only did it to spite me. sometimes, I swear, she keeps doing that just to spite me
Recent Examples on the Web
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As with so many Fox projects, there’s the sense that the folks in charge just want it in their rearview mirror and don’t care if thy cut off their nose to spite their mouse-eared face. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2022 To spite him, Julianna launched her fundraiser on Monday. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 29 July 2022 But this would be the equivalent of the GOP cutting off its nose to spite its face. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 29 July 2022 Ideas just wacky enough to work have been a hallmark of brand since Ferruccio Lamborghini formed the company in 1963 to spite Enzo Ferrari, and all signs point to that trend continuing. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 28 July 2022 The Falcons have reason to want to spite Watson, though perhaps not enough talent. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Nothing gets Larry out of bed faster than a chance to spite someone: like opening up his own coffee shop next to the one that 86’d him. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 9 June 2022 But, long term, Fisher's epic takedown might equate to cutting off his nose to spite his face. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 In her 2017 lawsuit, Chyna said her reality show with her ex was already underway on a second season, but claimed the family intentionally put an axe to the series to spite her. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

Word History



Middle English, short for despite

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of spite was in the 14th century
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ADJECTIVE | VERB + SPITE | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEpure, sheer純粹的怨恨personal (especially BrE) 個人怨恨VERB + SPITEbe full of, feel滿懷惡意;感到怨恨She was angry and full of spite.她很生氣,心中充滿了怨恨。vent (especially BrE) 發泄怨恨He vented his spite on his grandfather.他向祖父泄憤。PREPOSITIONout of spite出於怨恨She killed her boss's dog out of pure spite.純粹出於怨恨,她殺了老闆的狗。with spite惡意地'Your cooking is hard to forget,' he said with spite.他不無惡意地說:“你的烹飪技術真令人難忘。”spite towards/toward對⋯的怨恨I felt no spite towards / toward her.我對她毫無怨恨。

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