Definition of spite in English:
- Those of a pure heart who would never hurt anyone in sheer spite.
- He hoped she grew out of her hatefulness one day, and hoped that there was a good reason why she was so full of malice and spite.
- It means that we are subjects of jealousy and envy and malice and spite and hatred.
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- You're clearly far more interested in spiting this man than in considering the defense needs of the country.
- It's further spiting me today by giving me some horrendous bowel cramps and spectacular diarrhoea.
- It was becoming a bad habit of mine, spiting him.
in spite of
- Without being affected by the particular factor mentioned: he was suddenly cold in spite of the sunMore example sentences
- For Stella, it is arguable that success has come in spite of, rather than because of, her father.
- It was totally sold out, packed to the gills in spite of the cold and rainy weather.
- Anyhow, it was a good day, in spite of the cold, which is turning bitter and nasty.
in spite of oneself
- Although one did not want or expect to do so: Oliver smiled in spite of himselfMore example sentences
- As they rolled through the park, the grand dames of the ton smiled in spite of themselves at the sight of the big, strong, stoic duke patiently answering the questions of the two small children.
- I smiled in spite of myself and he laughed and asked, ‘What?’
- Cam shot me a look, and I smiled in spite of myself, shaking my head and murmuring, ‘Stupid question.’
Middle English: shortening of Old French despit 'contempt', despiter 'show contempt for'.
despise from Middle English:
Despise comes via Old French despit from Latin despicere, from de- ‘down’ and specere ‘look at’. Despicable ‘deserving to be despised’ (mid 16th century) comes from the same root, while spite (Middle English) is a shortening of the French.
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