spiteful

Definitions

  • THERE'S AN END TO ALL THY BEAUTY' SAID THE SPITEFUL QUEEN
    THERE'S AN END TO ALL THY BEAUTY' SAID THE SPITEFUL QUEEN
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spiteful showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite "a despiteful fiend","a truly spiteful child","a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"IN SPITE OF ALL THEIR SKILL THESE INDIANS FOUND THEMSELVES PRESENTLY LIFTED INTO THE AIR, CANOES AND ALL." "IN SPITE OF ALL THEIR SKILL THESE INDIANS FOUND THEMSELVES PRESENTLY LIFTED INTO THE AIR, CANOES AND ALL."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Spiteful Filled with, or showing, spite; having a desire to vex, annoy, or injure; malignant; malicious; as, a spiteful person or act.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spiteful Filled with spite; having a malevolent or grudging disposition; malicious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Spiteful full of spite: desirous to vex or injure: malignant
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Quotations

  • 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.”
  • Kathleen Norris
    Kathleen Norris
    “In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.”
  • Victor Hugo
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    “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.”
  • Marquis De Vauvenargues
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    “The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.”
  • John F. Kennedy
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    “A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality.”

Idioms

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.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Short for despite.

Usage

In literature:

In spite of all the efforts made, the smoke increased, and flames came rushing up from below.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Are you not doing this in a fit of spite against destiny?
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
But for your slothfulness, your tardiness, your unpardonable laziness," spitefully, "my temper would not have driven me forth.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
In spite of his careless garb he had the look of class.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Somehow in spite of her pleasure in the boots and Marcus's thoughtfulness she had felt rather like a scolded child.
"Doctor Luttrell's First Patient" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Several, who, in spite of our flight, caught hold of us, bit very hard, and did not fail to draw blood.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Yet in spite of their gloomy predictions of his speedy ruin, he had steadily grown in power and influence.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
He was the worst man in the regiment, in spite of his continual imprisonment in the guard-room.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
In spite of these efforts to maintain public worship, they were far from being a religious community; nor were they a peaceful one.
"A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I" by Francis Parkman
In spite of his more delicate frame, he bore up as well as the strongest.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

No fraud nor anger in me mov'd,
No malice, jealousy, or spite;
All that I saw I truly lov'd.
Contentment only and delight
"Innocence" by Thomas Traherne
But he was old, and she was young,
And so, in evil spite,
She baked the black bread for his kin,
And fed her own with white.
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Come, children, learn to fear the Lord
And that your days be long,
Let not a false or spiteful word
Be found upon your tongue.
"Psalm 34 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Who, when by wretched whiskey tight,
Hiss out in rage their venomed spite,
Who crawl and sting, but never fight?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
And “Yes”, the father made her say
In spite of tears and kissing;
But early on the wedding day
The station found her missing.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
A leaf perhaps may still remain
Upon some solitary tree,
Spite of the wind and of the rain . . .
A thing you heed not if you see.
"In spring and summer winds may blow" by Walter Savage Landor

In news:

In spite of these surprising alliances, Hollywood and Silicon Valley continue to wage California business war.
Jordan OKs gun range in spite of lead concerns.
However, bacteria is always present in spite of any precaution taken.
The outgoing 111th Congress is among the most productive in history, in spite of its reputation for gridlock and 13 percent approval rating.
What is it about theological educators that allows them to get along with civility and respect in spite of wide theological diversity.
Run In Spite Of The Rock.
Special Photo In spite of his autism, Jonathan Hicks (center) graduated salutatorian from Bible Baptist Christian School in Hampton.
In spite of a seemingly confident statement made late last Monday night after a mistrial was declared in the Claude Russell trial, 56th Circuit Commonwealth's Attorney G.L.
From the sound of it, Aerosmith is still succeeding in spite of themselves.
Over time, she decided to join the sisters in their pilgrimage for art and God, in spite of the fact that she had been offered a position at the academy.
Becomes right-to-work state in spite of protests.
Fun in spite of the weather.
In Capitol Heights, little change in spite of 'a whole lot of planning' around the Metro.
Plenty of pumpkins in Southwest Michigan, in spite of summer heat and drought.
Show will go on in spite of storm's threat.
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In science:

It was therefore not clear if the model exhibits a phase transition, in spite of experimental data for instances with tens of thousands of variables.
A Continuous-Discontinuous Second-Order Transition in the Satisfiability of Random Horn-SAT Formulas
Thus, we can draw the following conclusions: 1- In spite of the fact that no assumption was made on the functional form of the Killing vector, we got a dependence at most linear (inhomogeneous) on metric coordinates for all components of ξµ({x}m. ).
Killing symmetries of generalized Minkowski spaces. 1-Algebraic-infinitesimal structure of space-time rotation groups
Therefore, we need other relations leading to non-trivial conclusions in spite of the presence of contradictions.
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
In spite of a new ( Finslerian ) geometry of the event space the 3-velocity space remains the Lobachevski space.
Subgroups of the Group of Generalized Lorentz Transformations and Their Geometric Invariants
In spite of the failure of the free electron transmission formula, this simple model serves as a useful starting point for analysing the Fermi surface (FS) topologies.
Orientation-Dependent Transparency of Metallic Interfaces
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