Synonyms of 'spite'
deliberate nastinessNever had she met such spite and pettiness.
There was no malice on his part.
His actions betrayed a rare streak of malevolence.
He didn't bear anyone any ill will.
eyes that held a look of hate
He has been accused of inciting racial hatred.
all gall and wormwood
There's a long history of animosity between the two nations.
There was no mistaking the venom in his voice.
There were other targets for his spleen.
rancour, , ,
`That's too bad,' he said without rancour.
to annoy (someone) deliberately, out of spiteHe was giving his art collection away for nothing, to spite them.
annoy, , , ,
Try making a note of the things that annoy you.
I didn't want to do anything to provoke him.
I had no intention of offending the community.
needle (informal), ,
She could see that she had needled him with her constant questions.
It was their smugness that galled her most.
I instantly regretted my remark, because it obviously nettled him.
Everything about that man vexes me.
She was piqued by his lack of enthusiasm.
put someone's nose out of joint (informal),
hack someone off (informal)
See in spite of
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face
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in the sense of animosity
a powerful dislike or hostilityThere's a long history of animosity between the two nations.
in the sense of gall
a feeling of great bitternessall gall and wormwood
in the sense of gall
to annoy or irritateIt was their smugness that galled her most.
get under your skin (informal),
get on your nerves (informal),
nark (British, Australian, New Zealand, slang),
get up your nose (informal),
give someone grief (British, South Africa),
make your blood boil,
piss you off (taboo, slang),
rub up the wrong way,
get on your wick (British, slang),
get your back up,
put your back up,
hack you off (informal)
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