An example of despite is when you go outside even though the fact that it is raining.
Won the game despite overwhelming odds.
DON PEDRO. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the despite of beauty.
- In defiance of.
- In spite of.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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”).