A woman takes a walk despite the rain.
An example of despite is when you go outside even though the fact that it is raining.
- a contemptuous act; insult; injury
- malice; spite
- Archaic contempt; scorn
Origin of despiteMiddle English and Old French despit from Classical Latin despectus, a looking down upon, despising from despicere: see despise
transitive verb-·spit′ed, -·spit′ing
in despite of
- in defiance of
- in spite of
- Contemptuous defiance or disregard.
- Spite; malice: “He died soon after … of pure despite and vexation” ( Sir Walter Scott )
Origin of despiteShort for in despite of from Middle English despit spite from Old French from Latin dēspectus from past participle of dēspicere to despise ; see despise .
- In spite of, notwithstanding.
(third-person singular simple present despites, present participle despiting, simple past and past participle despited)
From Old French despit, from Latin dēspectum (“looking down on”), from dēspicere (“to look down, despise”).