Malicious ill will prompting an urge to hurt or humiliate another person.
tr.v. spit·ed, spit·ing, spitesIdiom:
To treat with spite; show spite toward: "Maybe she became engaged to him in order to spite another man" (Nathaniel West).
in spite of
Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.
[Middle English, short for despit; see DESPITE.]
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