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).]
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(ˈmɔːɡə) or


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

prep. Archaic.
in spite of.
[1225–75; < Old French: literally, spite, ill-will =mau- mal- + gre favor, will < Latin grātum; compare agree]
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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.
Only Carmichael and hosts' Claire Chaix, who posted a time of time of 39.20s, riding Univers de Maugre, managed to stay clear over the difficult final round against the clock.
Car Francus vit, et maugre toute envie De ses poumons va respirant la vie Dedans Buthrote, en ces champs, oU la voix Vit prophetique es chesnes Dodonois, Pres d'Helenin son oncle et d'Andromache Qui sans honneur par les tourbes le cache.
Syn that yowre plesaunt body and fawkoun [face] Hath me thus tane maugre all my might For prisoner, abidyng day and nyght Yowre pite sewt of which if that y mys The terme as of my deth then is it pight, Myn only ioy and souereyne hertis blis.
(44) Aaron's rhetoric about protecting the innocent baby "maugre all the world" might also strike a chord with an audience attuned to such rhetoric from the crime pamphlets about protecting and vindicating innocents.
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.
I thanck God my hopes,(built upon honest industrie) are more then my feares, and misfortunes put together; (Maugre (5) that cloude which for the present doth unkindely darken mee) & in mee, my designes; which (as I hope for blessings from heaven,) are onely meante, as benefitts to my Countrie; which, next to God, and my Prince, I have throughout my age, denoted my selfe unto.
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.