Spite Spite, n. [Abbreviated fr. despite.] 1. Ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice; grudge; rancor; despite. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

This is the deadly spite that angers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Vexation; chargrin; mortification. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{In spite of}, or {Spite of}, in opposition to all efforts of; in defiance or contempt of; notwithstanding. ``Continuing, spite of pain, to use a knee after it had been slightly injured.'' --H. Spenser. ``And saved me in spite of the world, the devil, and myself.'' --South. ``In spite of all applications, the patient grew worse every day.'' --Arbuthnot. See Syn. under {Notwithstanding}.

{To owe one a spite}, to entertain a mean hatred for him. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Pique, rancor; malevolence; grudge.

Usage: {Spite}, {Malice}. Malice has more reference to the disposition, and spite to the manifestation of it in words and actions. It is, therefore, meaner than malice, thought not always more criminal. `` Malice . . . is more frequently employed to express the dispositions of inferior minds to execute every purpose of mischief within the more limited circle of their abilities.'' --Cogan. ``Consider eke, that spite availeth naught.'' --Wyatt. See {Pique}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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