• WordNet 3.6
    • adv spitefully with spite; in a spiteful manner "he answered his accusers spitefully"
    • adv spitefully in a maliciously spiteful manner "pray for them that despitefully use us"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spitefully Shamefully; outrageously.
    • spitefully In a spiteful manner; mischievously; maliciously.
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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.”
  • Kathleen Norris
    Kathleen Norris
    “In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.”


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.


In literature:

There was a sense of aloofness, as if she had been a young princess, in spite of her simple and friendly ways.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Frank Merriwell won, in spite of his handicap!
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
Yet he smiled in spite of the regretful thought.
"The Price" by Francis Lynde
In spite of the coarse clothes he wears, there is a strange dignity about him.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
At the Baron, too, in spite of all his goodness!
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
I have kept you away from vanities, hoping that in spite of all you might remain unspotted from the world.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Still, in spite of all, the spirits of our men never failed.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Still, in spite of a very erroneous course of practice, her moral tone is all that can be desired.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
In spite of all my visits?
"Under the Country Sky" by Grace S. Richmond
In spite of the recent affliction, the meal was a merry one.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
Then Clara had arrived, in spite of the illness of her baby, and Auntie Hamps had forced herself up Trafalgar Road, in spite of her rheumatism.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Now dey find dat we go to Japan, dey bery angry, and all swear dat de ship shall go to Calcutta in spite of de captain.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Thereafter, in spite of old Andrew's opposition, he could not resist the pleasure of an occasional Sabbath evening service.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
In spite of what you say, you do not know him.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
In spite of the latter, however, he felt very much alive.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Mrs. Trevor's husband was an opera singer which mislaid his vocal cords, so settled here to be on his romantic lonesome, and spite his wife.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
His wife was ill with spite and rage, and things in the house went topsy-turvy.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
But a wise man learns many things in spite of himself.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
That would make the Huguenots laugh, for they owe him a spite since the blessed night of Saint Bartholomew.
"Marguerite de Valois" by Alexandre Dumas
But in spite of it all, he waited patiently.
"The Strange Story of Rab Ráby" by Mór Jókai

In poetry:

I am alone, in spite of love,
In spite of all I take and give—
In spite of all your tenderness,
Sometimes I am not glad to live.
"Alone" by Sara Teasdale
And when the days have lengthened into years,
And I grow old,
Oh, spite of pains and griefs and cares and fears,
Grow thou not cold.
"Love's Apotheosis" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Each for his land, in a fair fight,
Encountered, strove, and died,
And the kindly earth that knows no spite
Covers them side by side.
"The American Rebellion" by Rudyard Kipling
For, blinded with my own all headlong aims,
I held, in spite of him
My better angel, ways to countless shames
That mist-like came to dim
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
Be gentle: unto griefs and needs,
Be pitiful as woman should,
And, spite of all the lies of creeds,
Hold fast the truth that God is good.
"At School-Close" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And no one knows when he'll get well —
So, there he'll have to be:
And, 'spite of the beard in the looking-glass,
I know that man is me!
"The Mother's Son" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

In spite of conflicts and humanitarian crises, there's change afoot in Africa.
In spite of this she is determined to build a career in fashion.
In general our volunteers enjoyed this yellow cake, in spite of the gummy texture.
Sometimes, it can be downright spiteful.
In spite of objections from one man, Marshall County's School Board approved the lowest bid for mowing lawns at 11 school properties.
'We Need to Go on' in Spite of Needless Suffering.
Sacramento, Calif —In spite of a weak economy, the number of wineries in North America continued to grow in 2011.
In a break from past recessions, many organizations are maintaining their leadership-development efforts in spite of the troubled economy.
In spite of all the media hype about offshoring of these type of jobs, it's still a job that's in high demand.
Transsexuals define themselves as male or female in spite of what their anatomy tells them.
In spite of this, it is still commonplace to tune control loops manually using a trial-and-error technique.
Varsity and JV notch wins in spite of obstacles.
And lawmakers here in the US, like Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA) are still warning that ACTA is a dangerous agreement, in spite of the watering down of the final draft.
And in spite of myself, I'm a little excited about this.
Former Indiana University and NBA basketball player Alan Henderson got approval to build a home on Indianapolis' north side in spite of fierce opposition from neighbors.

In science:

In spite of its simplicity, it shows a rich variety of phenomena and has attracted much attention.
Fluctuations of the one-dimensional asymmetric exclusion process using random matrix techniques
In spite of its many successful applications, it has not yet been clear to what extent this method could be extended to study other properties of the ASEP.
Fluctuations of the one-dimensional asymmetric exclusion process using random matrix techniques
In particular, in spite of the remark from that the method from (going actually back to ) ”does not identify the limit process” we shall give a rigorous probabilistic interpretation of the intuitively appealing (but rather formal) calculations from .
Generalized Continuous-Time Random Walks (CTRW), Subordination by Hitting Times and Fractional Dynamics
Once again, in spite of the low number of random pro jections, the results are similar to those in , the random Tukey depth with the AM method being the global winner.
The random Tukey depth
In spite of the fact that the field theory of phantom fields encounter the problem of stability which one could try to bypass by assuming them to be effective fields [10, 11], it is nevertheless interesting to study their cosmological implication.
Interacting generalized Chaplygin gas model in non-flat universe
In spite of the simplicity of this model, in , he showed the existence of phase transition.
Contributions to Random Energy Models
Remarkably, such results for M ′0ν differ by . 12% from those obtained in this work, in spite of a marked difference in the central values of gA and gpp .
Overconstrained estimates of neutrinoless double beta decay within the QRPA
In spite of the small atomic basis set used in Ref. , the number of integration steps that was found to be necessary to reach an acceptable accuracy (6000) is rather larger than ours.
Turbo charging time-dependent density-functional theory with Lanczos chains
Moreover the significant di fference between mixed and unmixed giants (see Fig. 8 in Spite et al., 2006) suggested by LTE determinations, is no longer observed.
NLTE determination of the aluminium abundance in a homogeneous sample of extremely metal-poor stars
The method, described in , allows to universally describe the syntax of a formal language in spite of representation of its texts (linear one or not).
The topology of syntax relations of a formal language
However, in spite of lack of the metric, the manifold M4 may still possess a nonzero volume element and have the dimension D = 4.
Transition to Zero Cosmological Constant and Phantom Dark Energy as Solutions Involving Change of Orientation of Space-Time Manifold
Even after the improving process there is no capability of connecting a transmission line with a different characteristic resistance in spite of a 300 [Ω].
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
Orthogonality of the subspaces holds in spite of non-hermiticity of the defining operators.
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS--Lindblad generators II. General
They are mutually orthogonal, in spite of the possible non-hermiticity of the super-operators which represent the Lindblad generators and of the transfer operators acting on H.
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS--Lindblad generators II. General
They compare their predictions for the evolution of N/O and C/O upon the adoption of different sets of stellar yields with the surface ratios determined for the metal-poor stars observed by Israelian et al. (2004) and Spite et al. (2005).
Effects of rotation on the evolution of primordial stars