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spite / spīt/ • n. a desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone: he'd think I was saying it out of spite. ∎ archaic an instance of such a desire; a grudge: it seemed as if the wind had a spite at her.• v. [tr.] deliberately hurt, annoy, or offend (someone): he put the house up for sale to spite his family.PHRASES: in spite of without being affected by the particular factor mentioned: he was suddenly cold in spite of the sun.in spite of oneself although one did not want or expect to do so: Oliver smiled in spite of himself.

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