Definition of spiteful in English:
Showing or caused by malice: the teachers made spiteful little jokes about me
More example sentences
- Mandela cheerfully served a prison sentence that would have left Jesus bitter and spiteful.
- The early exchanges were spiteful, nasty and never fully controlled by referee Lucilio Batista.
- I have an active dislike of her because she's either very stupid or deliberately, maliciously, spiteful.
malicious, mean, nasty, cruel, unkind, unfriendly, snide, hurtful, wounding, barbed, cutting, hateful, ill-natured, bitter, venomous, poisonous, acid, hostile, rancorous, malevolent, evil-intentioned, baleful, vindictive, vengeful, vitriolic, vicious, splenetic, malign, malignant, bilious;
- Example sentences
- The tabs noted that virtually an entire hour-long episode is dedicated to the consequences of a bowel movement that young Philip spitefully, desperately deposited on the desk of his village schoolteacher.
- While the Arab media mockingly and spitefully spread the news of this expected development, Iraqis were scratching their heads in confusion.
- I have zero tolerance of such behaviour and have been known to scowl as spitefully as I can at the perpetrators, especially if they make eye-contact with me, or, god forbid, smile at me.
- Example sentences
- ‘They were acting out of spitefulness and hatred’, said the plain-speaking Archbishop in an interview with our reporter.
- The love and respect my mother held for my father turned now to hatred and spitefulness.
- Absorbed by the character both physically and expressively she capably displays a repellent degree of manipulation and spitefulness and there is an almost diabolical edge to her performance.
Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪtfʊli/ /ˈspʌɪtf(ə)li/adverb
Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪtfʊlnəs/ /ˈspʌɪtf(ə)lnəs/noun
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