spitefulness

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
    • n spitefulness malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
    • n spitefulness feeling a need to see others suffer
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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."

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spitefulness The state or character of being spiteful; the desire to vex, annoy, or injure, proceeding from irritation; malevolence; malice.
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Quotations

  • Howard W. Hunter
    Howard W. Hunter
    “Courage is acting in spite of fear.”
  • 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.”
  • Robert Graves
    Robert Graves
    “A remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good in spite of all the people who say he is very good.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.”

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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Usage

In literature:

I will live my life the same way, in spite of all of them, you will see if I don't, Ursula.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The person caught hold of his arm, and, in spite of his efforts to disengage himself, detained him.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
They are well fed, and in spite of the wet weather of the last week are cheerful and confident.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
She will surprise you some time, in spite of the fact that you know her so well.
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
And yet in spite of such things there are plenty of interludes.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
He had prosecuted the thieves remorselessly in spite of threats and shots in the dark.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
My father laid John's nose on the ice, and kept him warm in spite of it; but it was too late for Eliza.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
She thought she must answer her mother's question in spite of her father's prohibition.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Her manner, in spite of herself, cooled towards them.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
West should have his chance in spite of it.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
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In poetry:

There leaves, in spite of Autumn green,
Shall shade the hallow'd ground,
And Spring will there again be seen
To call forth flowers around.
"Verses, To William Lyttleton, Esq." by William Shenstone
Shall hope too go, that I may trust
Purely in thee, and spite of all?
Then turn my very heart to dust—
On thee, on thee, I yet will call.
"God; Not Gift" by George MacDonald
One son, a favourite son, he had,
An idle, thoughtless kind of lad;
Whom, spite of all his follies past,
He meant to make his heir at last.
"The Foolish Traveller; Or, A Good Inn Is A Bad Home" by Hannah More
My soul with comfort overflows,
In spite of all my num'rous foes;
And thou with sweetness hast, O Lord!
And plenty crown'd my crowded board.
"Twenty-Third Psalm" by Rees Prichard
With others she has wilful ways.
She will be cross with John for days,
Will kick and squeal, will show much spite,
And very often try to bite.
"Biting" by Mary Tourtel
And I grew earthier, heeding not the guide
Who still walk'd on the right;
But turn'd to him upon the left with pride
That had a touch of spite.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

GLASGOW — In spite of its dreamy name, the Goodnight Inn is a place for entertaining and dining, not sleeping.
This Snow White retelling fails in spite of its ambition.
In San Francisco, at times, we behave normally in spite of ourselves.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's economy is still reeling and unemployment could remain high for years in spite of the progress made in solving the debt crisis, the European Union warned today as it downgraded its forecasts for the 27-country bloc.
Mahoning real- estate tax collections increase in spite of lower valuations.
Tulsans have come to embrace the deliberate beauty of sushi over the years almost in spite of itself.
In spite of that, neither candidate for president has talked much about the deficit or offered a detailed plan to close it.
In spite of everything that has gone wrong, team's supporters admit that their addiction can't be cured.
Chandler plays pro hoops in spite of suffering from asthma.
Or is there a way to foster a culture of innovation in spite of the risks.
CITRUS HEIGHTS _ In spite of multiple turnovers on both sides, the Lincoln freshmen football team won its first league contest over Mesa Verde 32-20.
Horn 's paintings have a distinct California feel to them, in spite of the fact that he is not a native son.
And yet, in spite of his failed economic policies, at least half the country seems ready to vote him another four years.
In spite of rain, southwest Georgia still in severe drought.
0Water surveyors say southwest Georgia is still under severe drought in spite of rainfall.
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In science:

In spite of the fundamental significance of observations of this kind in quantum theory we do not have any rule to calculate arrival time probability densities1 .
A Simple Solution of the Arrival Time Problem
In spite of all this, physical properties of the absolute square of the wavefunction ψ(r, t) strongly suggest that prob(t|r, t) is indeed proportional to |ψ(r, t)|2 .
A Simple Solution of the Arrival Time Problem
This is certainly the case for sequence L60B36, which explains why the small GC rich domains at the ends of the sequence are sufficient to stabilize the molecule and prevent a full separation of the strands in spite of the large open domain.
Experimental and theoretical studies of sequence effects on the fluctuation and melting of short DNA molecules
In spite of this, we found that using any series corresponding to p in the range 0.2 ≤ p ≤ 0.8 generated a similar result.) For all systems the volume fraction quickly settles to the range 0.76 ± 0.01 and we can easily see from Table 4 that the empirical standard deviations decrease with increase of particle number.
Random Loose Packing in Granular Matter
Spite et al. (2005) derived the N abundances of 10 metal-poor giants from both the CN blue band near 3880 ˚A and the NH band at 3360 ˚A, and the CN-based abundances were found to be systematically lower by ∼ 0.40 dex than the NH-based abundances.
Carbon Abundances of Three Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars from High-Resolution Gemini-S/bHROS Spectra of the 8727A [C I] Line
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