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Spite, subst. 1) malice, ill-will: “made lame by fortune's dearest s.” Sonn. 37, 3. “join with the s. of fortune,” 90, 3. “when other petty griefs have done their s.” 90, 3 “the ragged'st hour that time and s. can bring,” H4B I, 1, 151. “speak not in s.” H6B V, 1, 213. “let him do his s.” Oth. I, 2, 17. H6A IV, 1, 185. H6B I, 3, 218. H6C IV, 6, 19. Cor. IV, 5, 88. Tim. I, 2, 144. IV, 3, 228. Cymb. V, 4, 31.
2) any disposition to thwart and disappoint the wishes of another, as well as that which is done to mortify others: “what s. hath thy fair colour spent?” Lucr. 1600 (what has happened to vex thee and make thee so pale?). “in our two loves there is but one respect, though in our lives a separable s.” Sonn. 36, 6 (== a s. of separation). “kill me with --s, yet we must not be foes,” 40, 14 (however you may break my heart by doing what makes me unhappy). “I'll find Demetrius and revenge this s.” Mids. III, 2, 420. “the more my wrong, the more his s. appears,” Shr. IV, 3, 2. “where he sits crowned in his master's s.” Tw. V, 131. “a villain that is hither come in s.” Rom. I, 5, 64 (only to defy and provoke us). “who in s. put stuff to some she beggar,” Tim. IV, 3, 272 (against her will, notwithstanding her reluctance). the tears have got small victory by that, for it (the face) “was bad enough before their s.” Rom. IV, 1, 31.
In s. of == a) to the mortification of: “to fashion this false sport in s. of me,” Mids. III, 2, 194. “these my friends in s. of thee shall wear,” H6A II, 4, 106. “flourishes his blade in s. of me,” Rom. I, 1, 85. b) notwithstanding: Ven. 173. Pilgr. 180. Ado V, 2, 69 (quibbling). R2 III, 2, 28. H6A I, 3, 50. I, 5, 37. III, 3, 73. H6B IV, 10, 37. V, 1, 206. H8 III, 2, 219. Troil. V, 5, 41 “(in very s. of cunning).” Mcb. IV, 1, 86. Oth. I, 3, 96. s. of == in spite of, notwithstanding: Sonn. 107, 11. Compl. 13. LLL I, 1, 4. John III, 4, 9. Lr. II, 4, 33. Per. II, 1, 161. V, 3, 31. in s. of s., or s. of s. == come the worst that may, notwithstanding any thing that may happen: “that misbegotten devil, Faulconbridge, in s. of s., alone upholds the day,” John V, 4, 5. “and s. of s. needs must I rest awhile,” H6C II, 3, 5.*
3) vexation, mortification: “this is my s., that, thou being dead, the day should yet be light,” Ven. 1133. “thus breathes she forth her s.” Lucr. 762. “to put in practice either, alas, it was a s. unto the silly damsel,” Pilgr. 217. “that change is the s.” Gent. IV, 2, 69. “O s. of --s! we talk with goblins,” Err. II, 2, 191. “the more my s.” IV, 2, 8. “O s.! too old to be engaged to young,” Mids. I, 1, 138. III, 2, 145. V, 281. “this is the deadly s. that angers me,” H4A III, 1, 192. “O unbid s.! is sportful Edward come?” H6C V, 1, 18. “that were some s.” Rom. II, 1, 27. “O cursed s., that ever I was born to set it right,” Hml. I, 5, 188. “'tis the s. of hell,” Oth. IV, 1, 71.
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