• WordNet 3.6
    • v spite hurt the feelings of "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests","This remark really bruised my ego"
    • n spite malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
    • n spite feeling a need to see others suffer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spite Ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice; grudge; rancor; despite. "This is the deadly spite that angers."
    • Spite To be angry at; to hate. "The Danes, then . . . pagans, spited places of religion."
    • Spite To fill with spite; to offend; to vex. "Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavored to abolish not only their learning, but their language."
    • Spite To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
    • Spite Vexation; chargrin; mortification.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spite Injury; mischief; shame; disgrace; dishonor.
    • n spite A disposition to thwart and disappoint the wishes of another; ill-will; malevolence; malice; grudge; rancor.
    • n spite Chagrin; vexation; ill luck; trouble.
    • n spite Synonyms Animosity, Ill-will, Enmity, etc. (see animosity), pique, spleen, defiance. In spite of, Despite, etc. See not-withstanding.
    • spite To dislike; regard with ill-will.
    • spite To thwart; cross; mortify; treat maliciously: as, to cut off one's nose to spite one's face.
    • spite To fill with vexation; offend.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spite spīt grudge: lasting ill-will: hatred
    • v.t Spite to vex: to thwart: to hate
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  • Victor Hugo
    “Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.”
  • Howard W. Hunter
    Howard W. Hunter
    “Courage is acting in spite of fear.”
  • Elisabeth KuBler-Ross
    Elisabeth KuBler-Ross
    “It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.”
  • Anne Frank
    “I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.”
  • Marquis De Vauvenargues
    “The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.”


Cut off your nose to spite your face - If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbreviated fr. despite,


In literature:

But in spite of it all Joe was enjoying it.
"Stubble" by George Looms
In spite of this declaration Wilkes was again returned on March 16.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
In spite of its smooth white skin and rounded contours above an undamaged throat, it was, subtly, not a young face.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
None the less, and in spite of being unarmed, he ordered his followers to build an enormous fire that could be seen for miles.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Just the stupeedity o' spite!
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
In spite of the warmth of the room, the gaiety of the scene, she looked pinched and older than her years.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
And, in spite of Pa and in spite of Ma, who stood watching her in the wings, Lily searched the audience with her eyes.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
At last, almost in spite of herself, she made a remark about his speech.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
In spite of the dusk, Paul recognized him.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
How beautiful it was still in spite of its amputations and its age!
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
In spite of drinking-fountains and Athens, it was Greenie!
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Besides, in spite of my strange position, I was tired and sleepy.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
The street life that had saddened him the night before, now, in spite of his sorrow, made him smile.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
My lad, take your medicine bravely and be a man in spite of it all.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
For nights, in spite of fatigue, he could not sleep.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
But in spite of all the ties that held her, Miss Gordon had determined that, come what might, her homegoing was finally settled this time.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
If he realized it now, as he grew older he might endeavor to earn their good-will in spite of present prejudice.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Madge found herself on the street, carrying the little bag which, in spite of its light weight, was a heavy burden for her.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
In spite of all this Garnet would not give in.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
Lady Russell, in spite of all her former transgressions, he could now value from his heart.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen

In poetry:

O Everlasting Strength,
Uphold me in the way;
Bring me, in spite of foes, at length
To joy and light and day.
"O Everlasting Light" by Horatius Bonar
But the spite on't is, no praise
Is due at all to me:
Love with me had made no stays
Had it any been but she.
"The Constant Lover" by John Suckling
Love me. I care not what the circling years
To me may do.
If, but in spite of time and tears,
You prove but true.
"Love's Apotheosis" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sleep and turn and sleep again,
Spite of the morning birds.
I am weary of strife with men,
Weary of fruitless words.
"The Best Of All" by Gamaliel Bradford
Beautiful town of Montrose, I will now commence my lay,
And I will write in praise of thee without dismay,
And in spite of all your foes,
I will venture to call thee Bonnie Montrose.
"Bonnie Montrose" by William Topaz McGonagall
I went to the Palace, and there my fair Queen
On the arm of Her Husband did lovingly lean,
And all the dear babes in their beauty were seen,
In spite of the splendour,
So happy and tender,
For they were at Home!
"Home" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

In spite of the near-by demolition and construction, the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper is still open to its patrons.
While a few "experts" are still recommending term insurance as a foundation asset in spite of obvious lifetime needs (and in spite of today's economy), a new wave of "uncommon knowledge" about life insurance is gaining momentum.
In spite of the general worry about the current economic issues in the United States, the public remains concerned about environmental quality.
How the Village of Sagaponack Got Founded in Spite of Itself.
In spite of plans to mount a show about the late singer in January in Copenhagen, "Amy," as it was to be titled, was canceled due to copyright issues.
I've always loved music, in spite of have never having had any musical ability.
If you look carefully in your own life, you too will find hidden blessings in spite of any hardship you may have experienced this year.
Is it out of spite because he couldn't block the legislation.
But the British love them in spite of their feistiness, or maybe because of it.
In Spite of Nuclear Setbacks, Global Installed Nuclear Capacity to Increase 4% During 2011-2020.
Last week, there were reports that the numbers of visitors to Northern Ireland in 2012 had not shown an increase, in spite of all the work on publicity.
In spite of having a disability due to two bouts with polio, Mrs Wheeler received her education at Fishersville High School and Dunsmore Business College.
A single, spiteful email unlocks Pandora's box.
In spite of an expected dip in profit, most analysts are positive about TE Connectivity (TEL) before it reports its second quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Josh's jump to Angels has a measure of spite to it.

In science:

In spite of these differences, the variant of Euclid’s argument goes through as for the fields F considered earlier.
Factorization of integers and arithmetic functions
This must be done in spite of the fact that an exact knowledge of the initial conditions determines the behavior.
Complex Systems: a Physicist's Viewpoint
In spite of the gauge dependence of the generalized vorticity, it frozenness gives us possibility to introduce the generalized helicity integral of motion.
Canonical description of ideal magnetohydrodynamics and integrals of motion
This explains also the absence of a Goldstone boson in spite of having s.s.b. of s.i..
Scale Symmetry Breaking from the Dynamics of Maximal Rank Gauge Field Strengths
In spite of their linearity, equations (133) cannot be solved easily every time.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
They will allow us to impose the periodicity of the density under the shifts in a1 and a2 , in spite of the impossibility of obtaining a basis of eigenvectors of all the magnetic translations in the lattice.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects
In spite of these facts, we need to find a class of functions u for which (G0u)(x) are bounded functions of x.
Generalized eigenfunctions of relativistic Schroedinger operators I
Note that this is in spite of the fact that E[X ] is now exponentially large.
Random k-SAT: Two Moments Suffice to Cross a Sharp Threshold
In spite of this remarkable prediction, no significant effect has been found so far.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
The structure of the transformations (2) ensures the fact that in spite of a new geometry of event space the 3-velocity space remains Lobachevski space.
Concerning the generalized Lorentz symmetry and the generalization of the Dirac equation
In spite of these approximations, which are standard in the literature, the mathematics can be quite involved.
The physics of rotational flattening and the point core model
In spite of these two dimensional constants, no characteristic length scale can be constructed from these physical constants.
Kinematic self-similar solutions in general relativity
In this case at half band filling a metalinsulator phase transition is taken place, in spite of different gap sizes.
New Real space method for calculation of physical properties of a disordered system
In spite of this, we found that the discrepancy of the results of Ref. with the method described here is almost insignificant when the minimal degree kmin is large (say kmin ≈ 10).
Potts Model On Random Trees
In spite of the ‘finite nature’ of the constructed ob jects, the proof is based on infinite dimensional representation theory and the theory of division algebras over global fields.
Isospectral Cayley graphs of some finite simple groups