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SPITE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spite mean? 

SPITE (noun)
  The noun SPITE has 2 senses:

1. feeling a need to see others suffer
2. malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

  Familiarity information: SPITE used as a noun is rare.


SPITE (verb)
  The verb SPITE has 1 sense:

1. hurt the feelings of

  Familiarity information: SPITE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPITE (noun)


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Meaning:

Feeling a need to see others suffer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

spitefulness; spite; maliciousness; malice; venom

Hypernyms ("spite" is a kind of...):

malevolence; malignity (wishing evil to others)


Sense 2spite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

bitchiness; cattiness; nastiness; spite; spitefulness

Hypernyms ("spite" is a kind of...):

malevolence; malevolency; malice (the quality of threatening evil)


SPITE (verb)


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Meaning:

Hurt the feelings of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

spite; bruise; injure; wound; offend; hurt

Context examples:

She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests / This remark really bruised me ego

Hypernyms (to "spite" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spite"):

affront; diss; insult (treat, mention, or speak to rudely)

lacerate (deeply hurt the feelings of; distress)

sting (cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging)

abase; chagrin; humble; humiliate; mortify (cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot spite Sue


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