Despite meaning

dĭ-spīt
Despite is defined as not affected by or in spite of.

An example of despite is when you go outside even though the fact that it is raining.

preposition
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Contemptuous defiance or disregard.
noun
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In spite of; notwithstanding.

Won the game despite overwhelming odds.

preposition
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(obsolete) To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.

verb
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Spite; malice.
noun
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A contemptuous act; insult; injury.
noun
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Evil feeling; malice, spite.
noun
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1599, Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Act 1 Scene 1

DON PEDRO. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the despite of beauty.

noun
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(archaic) Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult.
noun
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In spite of, notwithstanding.
preposition
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Malice; spite.
noun
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Contempt; scorn.
noun
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In spite of; notwithstanding.
preposition
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To scorn.
verb
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in despite of
  • In defiance of.
  • In spite of.
idiom
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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”).

    From Wiktionary