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spite

noun uk   /spaɪt/ us  

spite noun (DESPITE)

in spite of sth B1 (used before one fact that makes another fact surprising) despite: In spite of his injury, Ricardo will play in Saturday's match.Connecting words which express a contrast 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 .Connecting words which express a contrast

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.Anger and displeasure
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.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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