- in defiance of
- in spite of
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Despite
- in despite of
Origin of Despite
Short for in despite of from Middle English despit spite from Old French from Latin dēspectus from past participle of dēspicere to despise despise
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French despit, from Latin dēspectum (“looking down on”), from dēspicere (“to look down, despise”).
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