Related to maugre: Mauger, aggrandizement


prep. Archaic
Notwithstanding; in spite of.

[Middle English, from Old French : mal-, mau-, bad; see mal- + gre, liking, pleasure (from Latin grātum, from neuter of grātus, pleasing; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˈmɔːɡə) or


obsolete in spite of
[C13 (meaning: ill will): from Old French maugre, literally: bad pleasure]


(ˈmɔ gər)

prep. Archaic.
in spite of.
[1225–75; < Old French: literally, spite, ill-will =mau- mal- + gre favor, will < Latin grātum; compare agree]
References in classic literature ?
Therefore one of these Thou must make sure thy own: the Parthian first, By my advice, as nearer, and of late Found able by invasion to annoy Thy country, and captive lead away her kings, Antigonus and old Hyrcanus, bound, Maugre the Roman.
I through the ample Air in Triumph high Shall lead Hell Captive maugre Hell, and show The powers of darkness bound.
By Saint Thomas of Kent,'' said he, ``an I buckle to my gear, I will teach thee, sir lazy lover, to mell with thine own matters, maugre thine iron case there
Maugre all the selfishness that chills like east winds the world, the whole human family is bathed with an element of love like a fine ether.
Mockingly, On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths; A swan-like form invests the hidden thorn; Fills up the farmer's lane from wall to wall, Maugre the farmer's sighs; and, at the gate, A tapering turret overtops the work.
And maugre Saintsbury's objections, the Dickens passage (to make a return to the text) is for many readers a very effective one.
Cesario, by the roses of the spring, By maidhood, honour, truth, and everything, I love thee so that, maugre all thy pride, Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.
Put on your spectacles and marke it well Than shall you se, and say, maugre your hart That trolle in, hath played a true subiectes part.
As even Aaron, Shakespeare's moral monster in Titus Andronicus, cries upon seeing his illegitimate newborn, "This before all the world do I prefer; This maugre [pleasure] all the world will I keep safe / Or some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.
In Southwell's "Marie Magdalens complaint," for instance, Mary is figured as embodying an exemplary love of Christ but an incompletely realized faith as the poem ends with Mary before she witnesses the resurrection: "Spitefull speare, that breakst this prison, / Seate of all felicitie, / Working thus, with double treason, / Loves and lifes deliverie: / Though my life thou drav'st away, / Maugre thee my love shall stay.
Non e questione di sconfiggere, grazie alla scrittura, la morte fisica; il maugre la mort un second vivre invocato da Ronsard e solo un magro patto di sopravvivenza.
Je veux maugre les ans au monde publier, D'une plume de fer sur un papier d'acier, Que ses propres enfans l'ont prise & desvestue, Et jusques a la mort vilainement batue.