Definition of Spiteful

1. Adjective. Showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite. "A vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment"

Exact synonyms: Despiteful, Vindictive
Similar to: Malicious
Derivative terms: Spitefulness, Spitefulness, Vindictiveness



Definition of Spiteful

1. a. Filled with, or showing, spite; having a desire to vex, annoy, or injure; malignant; malicious; as, a spiteful person or act.

Definition of Spiteful

1. Adjective. Filled with, or showing, spite; having a desire to vex, annoy, or injure; malignant; malicious ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spiteful

1. malicious [adj -FULLER, -FULLEST] - See also: malicious

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spiteful

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spitballed
spitballing
spitbox
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spitbug
spitbugs
spitchcock
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spitchcocking
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spiteful (current term)
spitefull
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spitefulnesses
spiteless
spitelessly
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spitfire
spitfires
spitful
spitfuls
spiting

Literary usage of Spiteful

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1. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1868)
"... still intent on harming the spiteful, CHAP, sent against her a shower of rockets, which wounded ' Commander Kynaston, and Baillie, one of his mid- ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"Only once, when, by a direct appeal to her, silence was impossible, she said, with a marked spiteful- ness, "You are talking of something ..."

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