/ spaIt; spaIt/ n
[U] desire to hurt, annoy or offend another person; ill will 恶意; 坏心: I'm sure he only said it out of/from spite. 我肯定他说这话完全是出於恶意.
(idm 习语) in spite of (used as a prep 用作介词) not being prevented by (sb/sth); regardless of; despite 不顾(某人[某事物]); 不管; 尽管: They went out in spite of the rain. 尽管下着雨, 他们还是出去了. * In spite of all his efforts he failed. 他已竭尽全力, 但仍然失败了.
> spite v
1 [Tn] (only used in the infinitive with to 仅用於带to的不定式中) injure, annoy or offend (sb) because of spite 恶意地伤害﹑ 惹怒或冒犯(某人): The neighbours play their radio loudly every afternoon just to spite us. 邻居每天下午把收音机的音量开得很大, 向我们泄愤.
2 (idm 习语) cut off one's nose to spite one's face => nose1.
spiteful / -fl; -fEl/ adj showing or caused by spite; full of spite 恶意的; 怀恨的: a spiteful comment 恶意的评论 * He's just being spiteful. 他心怀恶意. spitefully / -fElI; -fElI/ adv. spitefulness n [U].