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Meaning of spite

spite

Pronunciation: (spīt), [key]
— n., v., spit•ed, spit•ing.
—n.
  1. a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.
  2. a particular instance of such an attitude or action; grudge.
  3. something that causes vexation; annoyance.
  4. in disregard or defiance of; notwithstanding; despite: She arrived at school on time in spite of the snowstorm.
—v.t.
  1. to treat with spite or malice.
  2. to annoy or thwart, out of spite.
  3. to fill with spite; vex; offend.
  4. See(def. 14).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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