verb (used with object), de·spit·ed, de·spit·ing.
Origin of despite
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.
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|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Despite conventional wisdom, there are no rewards just for participating.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.
Still, however, he maintains a supremacy over six or seven medalled rivals, in despite of the intrigues of the traders.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV|Edwin James
She could not understand, despite his explanations, why these fireworks of dexterity were worth while.The Second Latchkey|Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
"Well, leave everything as it is," I commanded, despite the rebellion in Nixon's eye.The Mayor's Wife|Anna Katherine Green
Before that glance the young doctor moved, with a start of uneasiness, despite his self-possession.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
Despite his hunger, Grif pretended to consider for a few moments.Grif|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
Word Origin 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.