spiteful


spiteful
spitefully, adv.spitefulness, n.
/spuyt"feuhl/, adj.
full of spite or malice; showing spite; malicious; malevolent; venomous: a spiteful child.
[1400-50; late ME; see SPITE, -FUL]
Syn. vengeful, mean, cruel, rancorous. SPITEFUL, REVENGEFUL, VINDICTIVE refer to a desire to inflict a wrong or injury on someone, usually in return for one received. SPITEFUL implies a mean or malicious desire for (often petty) revenge: a spiteful attitude toward a former friend. REVENGEFUL implies a deep, powerful, and continued intent to repay a wrong: a fierce and revengeful spirit. VINDICTIVE does not imply action necessarily, but stresses the unforgiving nature of the avenger: a vindictive look.
Ant. benevolent.

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