- 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, he could not hold down a job.
- They did it just for spite.
- 2014, Emivita, By Any Means Necessary: My Personal Struggles with Good and Evil
- sex with older men was a way to both internalize my spite towards my mother and to find security in a father figure I lacked with my own father.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
- This is the deadly spite that angers.
- 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 7, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
- Out of spite, the human beings pretended not to believe that it was Snowball who had destroyed the windmill: they said that it had fallen down because the walls were too thin.
- (obsolete) Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene v]:
- "The time is out of joint: O cursed spite."
- French: dépit, rancune
- German: Boshaftigkeit, Gehässigkeit
- Italian: rancore, malevolenza
- Portuguese: desprezo, rancor
- Russian: недоброжелательность
- Spanish: despecho, rencor, malicia, ojeriza
spite (spites, present participle spiting; past and past participle spited)
- (transitive) To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
- She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.
- (transitive, obsolete) To be angry at; to hate.
- The Danes, then […] pagans, spited places of religion.
- (transitive) To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
- Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning, but their language.
- Portuguese: desprezar
- Russian: ненавидеть
- Russian: злить