despite

[ dih-spahyt ]
/ dɪˈspaɪt /

preposition

in spite of; notwithstanding.

noun

contemptuous treatment; insult.
malice, hatred, or spite.

verb (used with object), de·spit·ed, de·spit·ing.

Obsolete. to anger or annoy (someone) out of spite.

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Idioms for despite

    in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding: He was tolerant in despite of his background and education.

Origin of despite

1250–1300; originally in despite of;Middle English despit from Old French from Latin dēspectus “view from a height, scorn,” equivalent to dēspec-, variant stem of dēspicere (see despicable) + -tus suffix of verbal action

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British Dictionary definitions for despite

despite
/ (dɪˈspaɪt) /

preposition

in spite of; undeterred by

noun

archaic contempt; insult
in despite of (preposition) rare in spite of

verb

(tr) an archaic word for spite

Word Origin for despite

C13: from Old French despit, from Latin dēspectus contempt; see despise
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