Meaning of “spite” in the English Dictionary

"spite" in British English

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spitenoun

uk /spaɪt/ us /spaɪt/

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 .

spiteverb [ T ]

uk /spaɪt/ us /spaɪt/

(Definition of “spite” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spite" in American English

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spitenoun [ U ]

us /spɑɪt/

the desire to annoy, upset, or hurt someone:

He let the air out of your tires just for spite.
spite
verb [ T ] us /spɑɪt/

I think he died without making a will just to spite his family.
spiteful
adjective us /ˈspɑɪt·fəl/

They were just spiteful gossips spreading rumors.

(Definition of “spite” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)