despiteful

despiteful
adjective
showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite
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a despiteful fiend

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a truly spiteful child

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a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment

Syn: ↑spiteful, ↑vindictive
Similar to: ↑malicious
Derivationally related forms: ↑vindictiveness (for: ↑vindictive), ↑spitefulness (for: ↑spiteful)

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  • Despiteful — De*spite ful, a. [See {Despite}, and cf. {Spiteful}.] Full of despite; expressing malice or contemptuous hate; malicious. {De*spite ful*ly}, adv. {De*spite ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] Haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters. Rom. i. 30. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • despiteful — index bitter (reproachful), harsh, malevolent, malignant, outrageous, sinister, spiteful, virulent …   Law dictionary

  • despiteful — [di spīt′fəl] adj. [ME despitful: see DESPITE & FUL] Archaic spiteful; malicious despitefully adv …   English World dictionary

  • despiteful treatment — index contumely Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • despiteful — adjective Date: 15th century expressing malice or hate • despitefully adverb • despitefulness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • despiteful — despitefully, adv. despitefulness, n. /di spuyt feuhl/, adj. 1. malicious; spiteful. 2. Obs. contemptuous; insolent. [1400 50; late ME. See DESPITE, FUL] * * * …   Universalium

  • despiteful — adjective a) Full of despite. b) Expressing malice or contemptuous hate …   Wiktionary

  • despiteful — Synonyms and related words: acrid, antagonistic, antipathetic, belligerent, bitchy, bitter, cattish, catty, caustic, clashing, colliding, conflicting, detestable, evil, full of hate, hateful, hostile, malevolent, malicious, malignant, quarrelsome …   Moby Thesaurus

  • despiteful — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Characterized by intense ill will or spite: black, evil, hateful, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean2, nasty, poisonous, spiteful, venomous, vicious, wicked. Slang: bitchy. See ATTITUDE …   English dictionary for students

  • despiteful — adj. spiteful, contemptuous, malicious, vicious …   English contemporary dictionary

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