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
  1. noun
    malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
    synonyms: bitchiness, cattiness, nastiness, spitefulness
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    malevolence, malevolency, malice
    the quality of threatening evil
  2. noun
    feeling a need to see others suffer
    synonyms: malice, maliciousness, spitefulness, venom
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    type of:
    malevolence, malignity
    wishing evil to others
  3. verb
    hurt the feelings of
    synonyms: 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, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
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