It was no longer enough for us to spite death with a few extra hours or days of freedom.
I searched the meaning of to spite as a verb, it means:
to intentionally annoy, upset, or hurt someone
but apparently it doesn't fit with the sentence. Maybe, it has another meaning.
Could you please explain it to me?
The fuller text:
Hungry and exhausted, we barely dragged ourselves along, chilled to the bone by the wind blowing through our rags. But those first few hours of freedom had changed us a great deal. The apathetic, worn-out shadows who had made an escape out of sheer hopelessness were now gripped by a fierce will to live. It was no longer enough for us to spite death with a few extra hours or days of freedom. Now we began to believe we had found the road back to life.
Source (translated from Czech original)
Under A Cruel Star by Heda Margolius Kovaly (Translated by Helen Epstein)