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Related to despiteful: impeding, rebuffed


Full of malice; spiteful.

de·spite′ful·ly adv.
de·spite′ful·ness n.


(dɪˈspaɪtfʊl) or


an archaic word for spiteful
deˈspitefully, deˈspiteously adv
deˈspitefulness, deˈspiteousness n


(dɪˈspaɪt fəl)

malicious; spiteful.
de•spite′ful•ly, adv.
de•spite′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.despiteful - showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurtdespiteful - showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite; "a despiteful fiend"; "a truly spiteful child"; "a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment"
malicious - having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling


Characterized by intense ill will or spite:
Slang: bitchy.
References in classic literature ?
But when Theseus heard the story, he straightened himself up, so that he seemed taller than ever before; and as for his face it was indignant, despiteful, bold, tender, and compassionate, all in one look.
These are just the rumors of biased and despiteful media which are seeking to sow discord among the regional states, specially Iran and Iraq," Majid al-Sheikh said, addressing a conference in Tehran.
AaAa The participants in the meeting, held by the Moroccan centre for Strategic Research and Studies on the Cases of Torture in the Polisario's prisons, underlined "the Algerian regime's responsibility for the demeaning and despiteful treatment of the Tindouf prisoners.