[ dih-spahyt ]
/ dɪˈspaɪt /
in spite of; notwithstanding.
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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in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding: He was tolerant in despite of his background and education.
Origin of despite
1250–1300; orig. in despite of; Middle English despit < Old French < Latin dēspectus view from a height, scorn, equivalent to dēspec-, variant stem of dēspicere (see despicable) + -tus suffix of v. action
SYNONYMS FOR despite
1 See notwithstanding.
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Examples from the Web for despiting
Tis right you come to me, despiting discrepancy of years; but alas!Bonaventure|George Washington Cable
British Dictionary definitions for despiting
/ (dɪˈspaɪt) /
in spite of; undeterred by
archaic contempt; insult
in despite of (preposition) rare in spite of
(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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