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spite

noun uk   /spaɪt/ us  

spite noun (DESPITE)

in spite of sth
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B1 (used before one fact that makes another fact surprising) despite: In spite of his injury, Ricardo will play in Saturday's match.
in spite of yourself used when you do something that you do not intend to do and are trying not to do: She started to laugh, in spite of herself .

spite noun (HURT)

C2 [U] a feeling of anger towards another person that makes someone want to annoy, upset, or hurt them, especially in a small way: He's the sort of man who would let down the tyres on your car just out of/from spite.
spiteful
adjective uk   /-fəl/ disapproving us  
spitefully
adverb uk   /-fəl.i/ disapproving us  
spitefulness
noun [U] uk   /-fəl.nəs/ disapproving us  

spite

verb [T] uk   /spaɪt/ us  
to intentionally annoy, upset, or hurt someone: I almost think he died without making a will just to spite his family.
Translations of “spite”
in Korean 악의, 앙심…
in Arabic ضَغينة, حِقْد…
in French rancune…
in Turkish kin, garaz, nispet…
in Italian dispetto, spregio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不管…
in Russian злоба…
in Polish złośliwość, złość…
in Spanish rencor…
in Portuguese ódio, rancor, malvadez…
in German die Boshaftigkeit…
in Catalan despit, rancúnia…
in Japanese 恨み, 遺恨(いこん)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不管…
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