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spitenoun [U]

 us   /spɑɪt/
the ​desire to ​annoy, ​upset, or ​hurt someone: He ​let the ​air out of ​yourtires 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 ​gossipsspreadingrumors.
(Definition of spite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"spite" in British English

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spitenoun

uk   us   /spaɪt/
  • spite noun (DESPITE)

in spite of sth

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B1 (used before one ​fact that makes another ​factsurprising) ​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 .
spiteful
adjective uk   us   /-fəl/ disapproving
spitefully
adverb uk   us   /-fəl.i/ disapproving
spitefulness
noun [U] uk   us   /-fəl.nəs/ disapproving

spiteverb [T]

uk   us   /spaɪt/
(Definition of spite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “spite”
in Korean 악의, 앙심…
in Arabic ضَغينة, حِقْد…
in Malaysian rasa busuk hati…
in French rancune…
in Russian злоба…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不管…
in Italian dispetto, spregio…
in Turkish kin, garaz, nispet…
in Polish złośliwość, złość…
in Spanish rencor…
in Vietnamese mối hận thù, sự giận…
in Portuguese ódio, rancor, malvadez…
in Thai เจตนาร้าย…
in German die Boshaftigkeit…
in Catalan despit, rancúnia…
in Japanese 恨み, 遺恨(いこん)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不管…
in Indonesian itikad buruk…
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