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Synonyms of 'spite'

(noun) 
Definition
deliberate nastiness
Never had she met such spite and pettiness.
Synonyms
malice
There was no malice on his part.
,
malevolence
His actions betrayed a rare streak of malevolence.
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ill will
He didn't bear anyone any ill will.
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hate
eyes that held a look of hate
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hatred
He has been accused of inciting racial hatred.
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gall
all gall and wormwood
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animosity
There's a long history of animosity between the two nations.
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venom
There was no mistaking the venom in his voice.
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spleen
There were other targets for his spleen.
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rancour
`That's too bad,' he said without rancour.
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bitchiness (slang)
, ,
spitefulness
Opposites
, , , , , ,
generosity of spirit
, ,
big-heartedness
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warm-heartedness
(verb) 
Definition
to annoy (someone) deliberately, out of spite
He was giving his art collection away for nothing, to spite them.
Synonyms
annoy
Try making a note of the things that annoy you.
, , , ,
provoke
I didn't want to do anything to provoke him.
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offend
I had no intention of offending the community.
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needle (informal)
She could see that she had needled him with her constant questions.
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put out
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gall
It was their smugness that galled her most.
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nettle
I instantly regretted my remark, because it obviously nettled him.
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vex
Everything about that man vexes me.
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pique
She was piqued by his lack of enthusiasm.
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put someone's nose out of joint (informal)
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hack someone off (informal)
Opposites
, , , , , , ,
go along with

phrase

See in spite of

proverb

Don't cut off your nose to spite your face

Additional synonyms

in the sense of animosity
Definition
a powerful dislike or hostility
There's a long history of animosity between the two nations.
in the sense of gall
Definition
a feeling of great bitterness
all gall and wormwood
in the sense of gall
Definition
to annoy or irritate
It was their smugness that galled her most.
Synonyms
aggravate (informal),
get (informal),
vex,
irk,
rile (informal),
peeve (informal),
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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