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
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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.
3% respectively, in spite of a 2% decline in industrial activity as a result of a 14% drop in oil and gas extraction.
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.
7%) and in spite of the downturn in the agri-food industry (- 0.
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.
He added: "Dozens of protesters are still present in the sit-ins squares, in spite of attempts by tribal elders and clerics to negotiate with them to move their tents somewhere else or find a solution that satisfies all parties.
The education personnel is not part of such practices, and in spite of my respect for the demonstrators, I do not agree with sit-ins.
The National Coalition states the Egyptian people have affirmed that they lead their revolution, in spite of the terrorism practiced against their freedom by the bloody coup, not to mention the criminal media campaigns by government media, and by private media owned by Mubarak regime businessmen," read the press statement.