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English definition of “spite”

spite

noun [U] (HURT)    /spaɪt/
C2 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     /-fəl/ adjective disapproving spitefully     /-fəl.i/ adverb disapproving spitefulness     /-fəl.nəs/ noun [U] disapproving
(Definition of spite noun (HURT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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