Definition of spiteful in English:



  • Showing or caused by malice.

    ‘the teachers made spiteful little jokes about me’
    • ‘The early exchanges were spiteful, nasty and never fully controlled by referee Lucilio Batista.’
    • ‘Nobody likes Jenn, at least in my spiteful and confused little mind.’
    • ‘But his remarks about Israel are as spiteful as they are ignorant.’
    • ‘It had been a spiteful encounter where each glove impact was welcomed with rancorous applause.’
    • ‘I wasn't sure whether she was telling the truth or not, or whether she was spiteful and making up bitter lies.’
    • ‘Besides, you will already know there is not a vindictive or a spiteful bone in a Lab's body.’
    • ‘These creatures have the reputation of being smelly, vicious, spiteful and unreliable.’
    • ‘Granted, she thought her sister did an awful, malicious, and spiteful job of it, but still!’
    • ‘Having garnered publicity as spokesman for social and family affairs, he regarded the marine portfolio as a spiteful demotion.’
    • ‘The only way this expulsion can be interpreted is as a spiteful and vindictive move.’
    • ‘Half the people will be happy with whatever outcome you get, the other half will be bitter and spiteful.’
    • ‘A spiteful, vicious corner of my mind wants to yell so that they know how catty she is being.’
    • ‘Their charming arrogance suddenly sounded a little spiteful.’
    • ‘I have an active dislike of her because she's either very stupid or deliberately, maliciously, spiteful.’
    • ‘She had consistently refuted what she claimed to be malicious allegations from spiteful colleagues.’
    • ‘The aristocratic families at the heart of the new scandals are not loyal and dutiful - they are vicious, greedy and spiteful.’
    • ‘He despised Adamea for it and it had turned him to spiteful hate and deep bitterness.’
    • ‘Mandela cheerfully served a prison sentence that would have left Jesus bitter and spiteful.’
    • ‘Eclair's writing is spiteful and vindictive, her agenda unreconstructed and male.’
    • ‘But you know, my heart just sank too deep knowing how horribly spiteful, cruel and unproductive this issue is.’
    malicious, mean, nasty, cruel, unkind, unfriendly, snide, hurtful, wounding, barbed, cutting, hateful, ill-natured, bitter, venomous, poisonous, acid, hostile, rancorous, malevolent, evil-intentioned, baleful, vindictive, vengeful, vitriolic, vicious, splenetic, malign, malignant, bilious
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