from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Malicious ill will prompting an urge to hurt or humiliate.
- n. An instance of malicious feeling.
- transitive v. To show spite toward.
- transitive v. To vent spite on.
- transitive v. To fill with spite.
- transitive v. To annoy: He did it just to spite her.
- idiom in spite of Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
- v. To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
- v. To be angry at; to hate.
- v. To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
- prep. Notwithstanding; despite.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice; grudge; rancor; despite.
- n. Vexation; chargrin; mortification.
- transitive v. To be angry at; to hate.
- transitive v. To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
- transitive v. To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Injury; mischief; shame; disgrace; dishonor.
- n. A disposition to thwart and disappoint the wishes of another; ill-will; malevolence; malice; grudge; rancor.
- n. Chagrin; vexation; ill luck; trouble.
- n. Synonyms Animosity, Ill-will, Enmity, etc. (see animosity), pique, spleen, defiance. In spite of, Despite, etc. See not-withstanding.
- To dislike; regard with ill-will.
- To thwart; cross; mortify; treat maliciously: as, to cut off one's nose to spite one's face.
- To fill with vexation; offend.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hurt the feelings of
- n. malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
- n. feeling a need to see others suffer
Middle English, short for despit; see despite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a shortening of Middle English despit, from Old French despit (whence despite). Cf. also Dutch spijt. (Wiktionary)