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despite

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noun de·spite \di-ˈspīt\

Definition of despite

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

  2. 2 :  malice, spite

  3. 3a :  an act showing contempt or defianceb :  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

  1. :  in spite of

Examples of despite in a Sentence

  1. pointedly ignored his false friend out of despite

  2. sheer despite was the sole reason for her hurtful comments

Origin and Etymology of despite

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


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despite

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verb de·spite \di-ˈspīt\

Definition of despite

despited

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despiting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to treat with contempt

  3. 2 obsolete :  to provoke to anger :  vex

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Origin and Etymology of despite

see 1despite


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despite

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preposition de·spite \di-ˈspīt\

Definition of despite

  1. :  in spite of played despite an injury

Examples of despite in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. we went to the party despite the bad weather outside

Origin and Etymology of despite

see 1despite



DESPITE Defined for English Language Learners

despite

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preposition

Definition of despite for English Language Learners

  • : without being prevented by (something)


DESPITE Defined for Kids

despite

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preposition de·spite \di-ˈspīt\

Definition of despite for Students

  1. :  in spite of The quarterback played despite an injury.



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