- in spite of; notwithstanding.
- contemptuous treatment; insult.
- malice, hatred, or spite.
- Obsolete. to anger or annoy (someone) out of spite.
- in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding: He was tolerant in despite of his background and education.
Origin of despite
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Examples from the Web for despite
Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
The copilot on Flight 8501 was Remi Emmanuel Piesel, 46, who despite his age had just 2,275 hours of flying experience.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
Despite his efforts to live in the present, he seemed haunted by the specter of his father.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Despite conventional wisdom, there are no rewards just for participating.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
Yet, despite her innocence, the world would not let her live according to her own conscience.
Yet, despite his chagrin, he realized that he could not send her from him forthwith.
After all, Mary was only a woman, despite her cleverness, and with all a woman's timidity.
Despite the laughter there was a suspicious mist in Mr. Ried's eyes.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
It came in a most casual voice, despite the dancing delight in her face.
- in spite of; undeterred by
- archaic contempt; insult
- in despite of (preposition) rare in spite of
- (tr) an archaic word for spite
Word Origin and History for despite
c.1300, originally a noun, from Old French despit (12c., Modern French dépit), from Latin despectus "a looking down on, scorn, contempt," from past participle of despicere (see despise).
The preposition (early 15c.) is short for in despite of (late 13c.), a loan-translation of Old French en despit de "in contempt of." Almost became despight during 16c. spelling reform.