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PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: spīt, IPA(key): /spaɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪt

Etymology 1Edit

From a shortening of Middle English despit, from Old French despit (whence despite), from Latin dēspectum (looking down on), from Latin dēspiciō (to look down, despise). Compare also Dutch spijt.

NounEdit

spite (usually uncountable, plural spites)

  1. Ill will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; a desire to vex or injure; petty malice
    Synonyms: grudge, rancor.
    He was so filled with spite for his ex-wife, he could not hold down a job.
    They did it just for spite.
  2. (obsolete) Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
    "The time is out of joint: O cursed spite." (Can we date this quote by Shakespeare?), Hamlet
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VerbEdit

spite (third-person singular simple present spites, present participle spiting, simple past and past participle spited)

  1. (transitive) To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
    She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To be angry at; to hate.
    • Fuller
      The Danes, then [] pagans, spited places of religion.
  3. (transitive) To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
    • Sir W. Temple
      Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning, but their language.
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Etymology 2Edit

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PrepositionEdit

spite

  1. Notwithstanding; despite.

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EsperantoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English spite.

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AdverbEdit

spite

  1. in spite of
  2. defiantly

Usage notesEdit

Often used with the accusative or with the preposition al.

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