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In spite of; notwithstanding: won the game despite overwhelming odds.
1. Contemptuous defiance or disregard.
2. Spite; malice: "He died soon after ... of pure despite and vexation" (Sir Walter Scott).

[Short for in despite of, from Middle English despit, spite, from Old French, from Latin dēspectus, from past participle of dēspicere, to despise; see despise.]


in spite of; undeterred by
1. archaic contempt; insult
2. in despite of (preposition) rare in spite of
(tr) an archaic word for spite
[C13: from Old French despit, from Latin dēspectus contempt; see despise]



prep., n., v. -spit•ed, -spit•ing. prep.
1. in spite of; notwithstanding.
2. contemptuous treatment; insult.
3. malice, hatred, or spite.
4. Obs. to anger; annoy.
in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding.
[1250–1300; orig. in despite of; Middle English despit < Old French < Latin dēspectus view from a height, scorn]

in spite of

1. 'in spite of'

You use in spite of when you are mentioning something that surprisingly does not prevent something else from being true. The spelling is in spite of, not 'inspite of'.

The air was clear and fresh, in spite of all the traffic.
In spite of his ill health, my father was always cheerful.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'in spite of' to say that something is not affected by any circumstances. Don't say, for example, 'Everyone can take part, in spite of their ability'. Say 'Everyone can take part regardless of their ability' or 'Everyone can take part whatever their ability'.

If she is determined to do something, she will do it regardless of what her parents say.
The gardens look beautiful whatever the time of year.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'in spite of' as a conjunction. Don't say, for example, 'In spite of we objected, they took our phones away '. Say 'Although we objected, they took our phones away'.

Maria kept her coat on, although it was warm in the room.
2. 'despite'

Despite means the same as in spite of. Don't say 'despite of'.

Despite the difference in their ages, they were close friends.
The school is going to be closed despite protests from local people.


Past participle: despited
Gerund: despiting

I despite
you despite
he/she/it despites
we despite
you despite
they despite
I despited
you despited
he/she/it despited
we despited
you despited
they despited
Present Continuous
I am despiting
you are despiting
he/she/it is despiting
we are despiting
you are despiting
they are despiting
Present Perfect
I have despited
you have despited
he/she/it has despited
we have despited
you have despited
they have despited
Past Continuous
I was despiting
you were despiting
he/she/it was despiting
we were despiting
you were despiting
they were despiting
Past Perfect
I had despited
you had despited
he/she/it had despited
we had despited
you had despited
they had despited
I will despite
you will despite
he/she/it will despite
we will despite
you will despite
they will despite
Future Perfect
I will have despited
you will have despited
he/she/it will have despited
we will have despited
you will have despited
they will have despited
Future Continuous
I will be despiting
you will be despiting
he/she/it will be despiting
we will be despiting
you will be despiting
they will be despiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been despiting
you have been despiting
he/she/it has been despiting
we have been despiting
you have been despiting
they have been despiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been despiting
you will have been despiting
he/she/it will have been despiting
we will have been despiting
you will have been despiting
they will have been despiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been despiting
you had been despiting
he/she/it had been despiting
we had been despiting
you had been despiting
they had been despiting
I would despite
you would despite
he/she/it would despite
we would despite
you would despite
they would despite
Past Conditional
I would have despited
you would have despited
he/she/it would have despited
we would have despited
you would have despited
they would have despited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.despite - lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislikedespite - lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
dislike - a feeling of aversion or antipathy; "my dislike of him was instinctive"
2.despite - contemptuous disregard; "she wanted neither favor nor despite"
disregard, neglect - willful lack of care and attention


preposition in spite of, in the face of, regardless of, even with, notwithstanding, in defiance of, in the teeth of, undeterred by, in contempt of Despite a thorough investigation, no sign of him has been found.


1. The disposition boldly to defy or resist authority or an opposing force:
2. The feeling of despising:
3. An act that offends a person's sense of pride or dignity:
بِالرَّغْمبالرَّغْمِ من
på trods aftrods
jostakin huolimatta
òrátt fyrir
...에도 불구하고
neraugoties uzpar spīti
mặc dù


[dɪsˈpaɪt] PREPa pesar de, pese a


[dɪˈspaɪt] prepmalgré, en dépit de
despite being → en dépit du fait d'être
despite the fact that ... → en dépit du fait que ...


preptrotz (+gen); in despite of (old, liter)trotz, ungeachtet (+gen); despite his warningsseinen Warnungen zum Trotz; despite what she saystrotz allem, was sie sagt; I smiled despite myselfich konnte mir ein Lächeln nicht verkneifen


[dɪsˈpaɪt] prepmalgrado, a dispetto di, nonostante


(diˈspait) preposition
in spite of. He didn't get the job despite all his qualifications.


بِالرَّغْم navzdory på trods af trotz παρά a pesar de jostakin huolimatta malgré unatoč nonostante ・・・にもかかわらず ...에도 불구하고 ondanks på tross av pomimo apesar de несмотря на trots แม้ว่า karşın mặc dù 尽管
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inquired Jo, who persisted in feeling an interest in manly sports despite her nineteen years.
And despite the downpour, the deafening thunder and the lightning that seemed ready to sear one's eyes, he walked out of the cave entrance, followed by Tom and the others.
All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time, and been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely perambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was--a woman.
But when, some year or two afterwards, Moby Dick was fairly sighted from the mast-heads, Macey, the chief mate, burned with ardor to encounter him; and the captain himself being not unwilling to let him have the opportunity, despite all the archangel's denunciations and forewarnings, Macey succeeded in persuading five men to man his boat.
Nicely," said Ruth, taking off her little drab bonnet, and dusting it with her handkerchief, displaying, as she did so, a round little head, on which the Quaker cap sat with a sort of jaunty air, despite all the stroking and patting of the small fat hands, which were busily applied to arranging it.
Then Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine went and saluted them, and asked them why they did that despite to the shield.
Let me see, I am thirty-two; only thirty-two, despite an occasional gray hair.
However, I mentally shake hands with you for your answer, despite its inaccuracy; and as much for the manner in which it was said, as for the substance of the speech; the manner was frank and sincere; one does not often see such a manner: no, on the contrary, affectation, or coldness, or stupid, coarse-minded misapprehension of one's meaning are the usual rewards of candour.
The irrepressible outburst of a reserved nature, forced into open self-assertion in its own despite, is of all moral forces the hardest to resist.
I did; but the Captain was a Captain and a hero, in despite of all the grammars of all the languages in the world, dead or alive.
In his teeth he held the assegai, yet dripping with blood, and in his hands the lion cub that, despite its whines and struggles, he grasped by the skin of the neck and the hind legs.
But despite the providential loneliness of the road, there were one or two terrors that could not be disposed of so summarily.