2. Vexation; chargrin; mortification. In spite of, or Spite of, in opposition to all efforts of; in defiance or contempt of; notwithstanding. Continuing, spite of pain, to use a knee after it had been slightly ibnjured. . And saved me in spite of the world, the devil, and myself. . In spite of all applications, the patient grew worse every day. . See Syn. Under Notwithstanding. To owe one a spite, to entertain a mean hatred for him.
Spite, malice. Malice has more reference to the disposition, and spite to the manifestation of it in words and actions. It is, therefore, meaner than malice, thought not always more criminal. Malice . . . Is more frequently employed to express the dispositions of inferior minds to execute every purpose of mischief within the more limited circle of their abilities. . Consider eke, that spite availeth naught. . See pique.
Origin: Abbreviated fr. Despite.