spite meaning

EN[spaɪt] [-aɪt]
  • In fair division problems, spite is a phenomenon that occurs when a player's value of an allocation decreases when one or more other players' valuation increases.
  • In this language, spite is difficult to analyze because one has to assess two sets of preferences.
  • Within the field of social evolution, spite is used to describe those social behaviors that have a negative impact on both the actor and recipient(s).

    Definition of spite in English Dictionary

  • NounPLspitesSUF-ite
    1. Ill will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; a desire to vex or injure; petty malice; grudge; rancor.
      1. He was so filled with spite for his ex-wife, he could not hold down a job.
      2. They did it just for spite.
    2. OBS Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
      1. "The time is out of joint: O cursed spite." Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • VerbSGspitesPRspitingPT, PPspited
    1. VT To treat maliciously; to try to injure or thwart.
      1. She soon married again, to spite her ex-husband.
    2. VT OBS To be angry at; to hate.
      1. The Danes, then [ …] pagans, spited places of religion. — Fuller.
    3. VT To fill with spite; to offend; to vex.
      1. Darius, spited at the Magi, endeavoured to abolish not only their learning, but their language. — Sir. W. Temple.
  • Preposition
    1. Notwithstanding; despite.
    2. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • In spite of the sultry day, they were eating steaming dishes ordered from a menu that included kimchi stew, galbijjim or braised short ribs, and bibimbap, rice with squid served in a hot stone bowl.
        • The Danes, then [ …] pagans, spited places of religion. — Fuller.
        • In spite of the fact that biocrystallization mechanisms themselves are still largely unknown, it is now recognized that they differ from classical crystal nucleation and growth.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Nouns
        • Countable nouns
          • Singularia tantum
            • Uncountable nouns
          • Prepositions
            • Verbs
              • Transitive verbs
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            1. en spiteful
            2. en spited
            3. en spites
            4. en spiteless
            5. en spitefull
            Source: Wiktionary
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            Meaning of spite for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "spite" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a preposition. It's also a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
            Difficultness: Level 1
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            Definiteness: Level 7
            Definite    ➨     Versatile