When your sister told you that you looked terrible in your new tube top, she may have been saying it out of spite, or in a deliberately mean or offensive way.

The noun spite means "a desire to offend." The word spite can also take the form of a verb, when it's used like this: "He only became a vegetarian to spite his cattle rancher father." Either way, spite implies a grudge, a desire to offend or hurt the feelings of someone by actions or words.

Definitions of spite

n malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

bitchiness, cattiness, nastiness, spitefulness
Type of:
malevolence, malevolency, malice
the quality of threatening evil

n feeling a need to see others suffer

malice, maliciousness, spitefulness, venom
Type of:
malevolence, malignity
wishing evil to others

v hurt the feelings of

bruise, hurt, injure, offend, wound
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affront, diss, insult
treat, mention, or speak to rudely
deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
crush, demolish, smash
humiliate or depress completely
degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down
reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
Type of:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

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