- 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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- 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 despites
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.