Definition of spite noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    spite

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//spaɪt//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1a feeling of wanting to hurt or upset someone synonym malice
  2. 2 I'm sure he only said it out of spite.
  3. Idioms
    in spite of something
     
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    if you say that someone did something in spite of a fact, you mean it is surprising that that fact did not prevent them from doing it synonym despite In spite of his age, he still leads an active life. They went swimming in spite of all the danger signs. English became the official language for business in spite of the fact that the population was largely Chinese. Language Bankhoweverways of saying “but” Politicians have promised to improve road safety. So far, however, little has been achieved. Despite/In spite of clear evidence from road safety studies, no new measures have been introduced. Politicians have promised to improve road safety. In spite of this/Despite this, little has been achieved so far. Although politicians have promised to improve road safety, little has been achieved so far. Some politicians claim that the new transportation policy has been a success. In fact, it has been a total disaster. Government campaigns have had a measure of success, but the fact remains that large numbers of accidents are still caused by careless drivers.
    in spite of yourself
     
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    if you do something in spite of yourself, you do it although you did not intend or expect to He fell asleep, in spite of himself. In spite of herself, tears welled up in her eyes.
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