Despite Definition

dĭ-spīt
despited, despiting
preposition
In spite of; notwithstanding.
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Synonyms:
regardlessalthoughin-spite-ofin defiance ofeven with
noun
A contemptuous act; insult; injury.
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Malice; spite.
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Contempt; scorn.
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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.
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verb
despiting
To scorn.
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(obsolete) To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.

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idiom
in despite of
  • in defiance of
  • in spite of
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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”).

    From Wiktionary

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