See also: spíte


Alternative formsEdit


  • 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.


spite (usually uncountable, plural spites)

  1. Ill will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the desire to irritate, annoy, or thwart; a want to disturb or put out another; mild malice
    Synonyms: grudge, rancor.
    He was so filled with spite for his ex-wife, his brother was afraid of what he might do.
    They did it just for spite.
  2. (obsolete) Vexation; chagrin; mortification.


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

  1. (transitive) To treat maliciously; to try to hurt or thwart.
    She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To be angry at; to hate.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, James Nichols, editor, The Church History of Britain, [], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), new edition, London: [] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, [], published 1837, OCLC 913056315:
      The Danes, then [] pagans, principally spited places of religion.
  3. (transitive) To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
    • a. 1700, William Temple, “Some Thoughts upon Reviewing the Essay of Antient and Modern Learning”, in Miscellanea. The Third Part. [...], London: [] Jonathan Swift, [] Benjamin Tooke, [], published 1701, OCLC 23640974, pages 240–241:
      But the laſt and fatal Blow, given to that antient Learning, was in the time of Darius, Father of Xerxes, who with the reſt of the Perſians, ſpighted at the Magi, upon the Uſurpation of the Crown by one of their Number, (that counterfeited a younger Son of Cyrus after the Death of Cambyſes,) when he came to be ſetled in that Throne, endeavour'd to aboliſh, not only their Learning and Credit, but their Language too, by changing the old Aſſyrian Characters, and introducing thoſe of Perſia, which grew to be the common Uſe of that whole Empire.
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Etymology 2Edit

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  1. Notwithstanding; despite.




From English spite.




  1. in spite of
  2. defiantly

Usage notesEdit

Often used with the accusative or with the preposition al.

Derived termsEdit



  • IPA(key): /ˈspi.tɛ/
  • Rhymes: -itɛ
  • Syllabification: spi‧te



  1. inflection of spity:
    1. neuter nominative/accusative/vocative singular
    2. nonvirile nominative/accusative/vocative plural