despite

preposition
de·spite | \di-ˈspīt \

Definition of despite 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: in spite of played despite an injury

despite

noun

Definition of despite (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the feeling or attitude of despising someone or something : contempt

2 : malice, spite

3a : an act showing contempt or defiance

b : detriment, disadvantage I know of no government which stands to its obligations, even in its own despite, more solidly— Sir Winston Churchill

in despite of

: in spite of

despite

verb
despited; despiting

Definition of despite (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to treat with contempt

2 obsolete : to provoke to anger : vex

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Synonyms & Antonyms for despite

Synonyms: Preposition

notwithstanding, regardless of, with

Synonyms: Noun

contempt, contemptuousness, despisement, despitefulness, disdain, scorn

Antonyms: Noun

admiration, esteem, estimation, favor, regard, respect

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Examples of despite in a Sentence

Preposition

Many children are shy around strangers, of course, but Jacob's reticence is different. He suffers from a rare childhood disorder … that renders him so anxious in the company of others that he cannot, despite all his efforts, utter a single word. — Kathy Ehrich Dowd et al., People, 18 Feb. 2008 That's exactly what researchers at Texas A & M University have done with Smart Little Lena, a stallion (despite the name) famed for its cow herding skills. — Henry Nicholls, New Scientist, 1-7 Apr. 2006 Despite the thriving trade in manuscripts that occurred throughout the Greek and Roman empires, many plays, poems, and philosophical musings by writers such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been lost. Physics Today, June 2005 we went to the party despite the bad weather outside

Noun

pointedly ignored his false friend out of despite sheer despite was the sole reason for her hurtful comments
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

In 2005, Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers unexpectedly fell from a projected top-five pick to 24th, where the Green Bay Packers—despite having Brett Favre on their roster—took him. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 And despite having eight nominations and two wins to her name, Mullally was surprised by the Thursday morning honor. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Megan Mullally Disappointed in 'Will and Grace' Comedy Series Snub," 12 July 2018 Somehow, Butler is in this tier despite never having more than 21 receptions in a season. The Heat Index, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Madden NFL 19 ratings: Surprises and reactions," 12 July 2018 Miley struck out, not unexpected for a pitcher, but so did Thames and Cain, failing to produce a run despite having a man on third with no outs. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 6, Brewers 3: A long stretch of games and an early-morning arrival lead to a rough loss," 12 July 2018 The Americans’ final season was one of the greatest seasons of TV ever, and yet the show’s two leads have shockingly never won an Emmy, despite having been nominated in the past. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Sandra Oh and Issa Rae Finally Got the Emmy Nods They Deserve," 12 July 2018 Manager wanted Oliver Perez, a LOOGY of some note, to face Votto, who despite his All-Star laurels, has had a dim year v. lefties: .216 BA, .694 OPS in 138 plate appearances. Eh. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds might be lucky AND good," 11 July 2018 Lina adds Sunny to the household – despite the looming accusation of theft – elevating her from hotel maid to Karen’s ayi, a glorified nanny. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, "'What We Were Promised' depicts post-Mao China in a deft debut novel set in Shanghai," 13 July 2018 But with just one day to go, news of this rival blimp’s arrival — despite raising more than £50,000 ($66,000) according to the Crowdfunder web site – has quietened down. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Protest Organizers Plan to Take the 'Trump Baby' Blimp on the Road," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Karius made two glaring mistakes during the 3-1 defeat to Madrid in Kiev on Saturday which ultimately cost Liverpool the trophy - despite also making several good stops during the match. SI.com, "Man Utd Legend Slams Loris Karius After UCL Final Nightmare & Urges Liverpool to Sign New Goalkeeper," 28 May 2018 Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan still believes that a top four Premier League finish is possible for the Gunners to achieve this season - despite currently being eight points adrift in sixth place with only 11 games left to play. SI.com, "Henrikh Mkhitaryan Still Chasing 'Possible' Top 4 Premier League Finish Ahead of Europa League Win," 23 Feb. 2018 Chelsea are confident that record signing Alvaro Morata will be ready to return to action for the club's trip to Crystal Palace after the international break - despite concerns over a hamstring injury that forced him off against Manchester City. SI.com, "Chelsea Confident That Alvaro Morata Will Recover in Time to Play in Upcoming Crystal Palace Clash," 2 Oct. 2017 Ohio State’s win in Norman last season was likely the clinching argument that earned the Buckeyes their Playoff ticket to the despite not winning their division. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Week 2 games that have most impact on College Football Playoff," 8 Sep. 2017 Johnson, who trailed Pieters by a stroke after the second round, had birdies on 1, 5, 6 and 8 and finished with a 33 despite bogeys on No. 7 and 9. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "Thomas Pieters, Zach Johnson share third-round lead at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2017 (photos)," 5 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Villa Hills City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday night to allow the sale of 85 acres of now-vacant land - despite considerable opposition from many residents, Enquirer media partner Fox19 reports. Monroe Trombly, Cincinnati.com, "Villa Hills City Council approves sale of land for controversial development," 7 Mar. 2018 Lance Wallnau, a Christian author, claimed God spoke to him and showed him that Trump was like King Cyrus, who followed God’s will despite being a pagan. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "‘Raised up by God’: Televangelist Paula White compares Trump to Queen Esther," 23 Aug. 2017 ON TRACK’ DESPITE LOSSES Minnesota’s primary problem this season has been an inability to hold leads. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves get easy shots thanks to ‘Miami’ set," 9 Jan. 2017 Asher ready despite layoff: Right-hander Alec Asher has appeared in just two games since making his Orioles debut with a quality start April 15, pitching one inning April 23 and 26. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Closer Zach Britton expects to be activated Tuesday; Asher ready for start Tuesday," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of despite

Preposition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for despite

Preposition

see despite entry 2

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French despit, from Latin despectus, from despicere — see despise

Verb

see despite entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of despite

: without being prevented by (something)

despite

preposition
de·spite | \di-ˈspīt \

Kids Definition of despite

: in spite of The quarterback played despite an injury.

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