despite oneself

Definition of despite oneself

  1. :  even though one does not want to She stared at the couple despite herself. Despite myself, I began to enjoy the movie. They grew to love each other, almost despite themselves.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  malice, spite

    :  an act showing contempt or defiance

  1. :  to treat with contempt

    :  to provoke to anger :  vex

  1. :  in spite of

  1. :  one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

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