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 move comes despite an effort in Congress to block the action with many lawmakers concerned that the Trump administration is not being tough enough on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Treasury lifts sanctions against 3 Russian companies," 28 Jan. 2019 This helps explain why, despite the heated rhetoric of the past decade, 73% of Americans continue to believe that immigration is good for the country. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump’s Pinned to a Wall Few Americans Want," 15 Jan. 2019 The overall strength of the economy remains strong, despite the recent stock market selloff. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Housing market signaled potential future downturn in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Illustration: Troy Dean Interiors Real estate agents say that despite the recent activity, waterfront Hallandale Beach properties sell at about a third of what a similar property would in Miami. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "This Once-Scruffy Beach Town Is South Florida’s New Real Estate Hot Spot," 13 Feb. 2019 Per Kirsten's Instagram, the couple makes sure to always be together for birthdays and holidays despite her busy, busy schedule. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Jonathan Gillibrand, Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband? Here's Everything We Know," 30 Jan. 2019 The trustees released the text of their budgetary requests through the 2020 fiscal year last week, which noted a tuition increase but made no mention of adjuncts, despite the protests. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 Automata made its way onto our Game of the Year list last year, despite the PC version being pretty damn busted. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Obsidian teases a game reveal, the FTC pledges to look into loot boxes," 30 Nov. 2018 Nor, despite all the recent worries, did anything really adverse happen to the U.S. economy over the course of the fourth quarter, even as Wall Street’s favorite economic indicator—the stock market—stumbled. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Earnings: First, the Good News," 16 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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