verb (used with object), spit·ed, spit·ing.
Origin of spite
British Dictionary definitions for in spite of
Word Origin for spite
Word Origin and History for in spite of
c.1300, shortened form of despit "malice" (see despite). Corresponding to Middle Dutch spijt, Middle Low German spyt, Middle Swedish spit. Commonly spelled spight c.1575-1700. The verb is attested from c.1400. Phrase in spite of is recorded from c.1400.
Idioms and Phrases with in spite of (1 of 2)
in spite of
Regardless of, in defiance of, as in They kept on in spite of their fears. [c. 1400]
Idioms and Phrases with in spite of (2 of 2)
see in spite of.