in spite of

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Malicious ill will prompting an urge to hurt or humiliate another person.
tr.v. spit·ed, spit·ing, spites
To treat with spite; show spite toward: "Maybe she became engaged to him in order to spite another man" (Nathaniel West).
in spite of
Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.

[Middle English, short for despit; see despite.]

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.
على الرَّغم مِن، مُتَجاهِلامع كُلِّ ما، بالرَّغْم مِن
a pesar demalgrado
annak ellenére, hogydacáradacára, hogyellenére
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(spait) noun
ill-will or desire to hurt or offend. She neglected to give him the message out of spite.
to annoy, offend or frustrate, because of spite. He only did that to spite me!
ˈspiteful adjective
a spiteful remark/person; You're being very spiteful.
ˈspitefully adverb
ˈspitefulness noun
in spite of
1. taking no notice of. He went in spite of his father's orders.
2. although something has or had happened, is or was a fact etc. In spite of all the rain that had fallen, the ground was still pretty dry.
References in classic literature ?
So strange and uncharacteristic was Tom's conduct that people noticed it, and turned to look after him when he passed on; and when he glanced back--as he could not help doing, in spite of his best resistance--and caught that puzzled expression in a person's face, it gave him a sick feeling, and he took himself out of view as quickly as he could.
Her strong character and aggressive and commanding ways compelled Tom's admiration in spite of the fact that he got more illustrations of them than he needed for his comfort.
And yet this Christmas day, in spite of Tom's fresh delight in home, was not, he thought, somehow or other, quite so happy as it had always been before.
Moss made strong efforts to keep his eyes wide open, in spite of the sleepiness which an unusually good dinner produced in his hard-worked frame.
So I am content to tell my simple story, without trying to make things seem better than they were; dreading nothing, indeed, but falsity, which, in spite of one's best efforts, there is reason to dread.
The prices of manufacturing products are still stable, in spite of the 0.4% rise in the prices of agricultural and food products, 23.8% in the prices of refinery products and 0.3% in those of mechanical and electrical products.
IN spokespersons have rationalised that these accidents, which have been attributed to ageing ships in need of maintenance (refit/repairs delayed in spite of laid down rules for refit cycles), delayed acquisitions by the Ministry of Defence, and human error.
ElecAtion was rigged in spite of supervision by army and it was in fact done to defame army, he said.
In his statement, Arbab said in spite of making efforts for provincial rights and brining positive change in KP, Imran was spreading a message of disintegration to materialize his dream of becoming prime minister through confrontational politics.
This improvement is due to the increase in the added value of manufacturing industries following the pick-up in the activity of chemical industry (28.9%) and mechanical and electronic industries (2.7%) and in spite of the downturn in the agri-food industry (- 0.6%) and the building materials, ceramics and glass industry (- 0.4%), Saidi added.
The last I saw, this is still the United States of America, where one can be free to do what they want to make a living, in spite of what liberal columnists want and think.