despite

preposition
de·​spite | \ di-ˈspīt How to pronounce despite (audio) \

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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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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The commercial space in Trump Tower—once home to an Ivanka Trump–brand store, RIP—is also flailing, reportedly struggling to find tenants to lease more than 42,000 square feet of vacancy—despite below-average rent offerings. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "No One Wants to Live in Trump Tower," 15 May 2019 Factor in the more potent Turing architecture in the new GPU, along with significantly higher boost clock speeds, and the GTX 1650 should pummel its predecessors despite sticking to the same 75W TDP. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 is a $150 graphics card built to plug-and-play in any PC," 23 Apr. 2019 But despite the fact that Anderson had wrapped London's historic race 32 seconds faster than the previous titleholder, Guinness World Records ultimately denied Anderson the title—and discounted the marathoner's attempt altogether. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "A Nurse Was Denied a Marathon World Record—Because She Was Wearing Pants," 5 May 2019 The Polymath Park owners hope the new site will, despite the lack of original context for the home, offer the same experience provided by the rest of the resort. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 Religious superstition and a malleable view of Christianity (which mostly just enabled a continuing terror of any outsiders) reigned, despite the fact that the lower classes of priests were also illiterate, and therefore could not read the Bible. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Notre Dame Is a Cruel Metaphor for Our World Right Now," 25 Apr. 2019 Vogue chatted with Ellis recently—and despite best intentions to stay chill and everything, things got a little heated. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Bret Easton Ellis on Talking Porn With Kanye, a New Novel, and (Yes) Trump," 16 Apr. 2019 Schumacher and his brother monks had decided to stay in their monastery in Tibhirine, Algeria, alongside locals during the country’s civil war, despite the threats against them. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Pope tells Moroccans “we are brothers and sisters”," 31 Mar. 2019 But even when the date changes, people often stay the same—despite their best intentions. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Best January Bucket List to Help You Stick to Your Resolutions," 1 Jan. 2019

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

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Meanwhile in Minnesota, a Star Tribune poll finds that only 5 percent of Democrats believe accusations against DNC Vice Chair Keith Ellison despite much greater and far more detailed evidence against him. Fox News, "New developments in Tucker's Google investigation; Dean Cain on Hollywood rallying behind Kavanaugh's accuser," 22 Sep. 2018 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

Noun, Preposition, and Verb

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

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despite

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of despite

: without being prevented by (something)

despite

preposition
de·​spite | \ di-ˈspīt How to pronounce despite (audio) \

Kids Definition of despite

: in spite of The quarterback played despite an injury.

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