de spite

despite

[dih-spahyt]
preposition
1.
in spite of; notwithstanding.
noun
2.
contemptuous treatment; insult.
3.
malice, hatred, or spite.
verb (used with object), despited, despiting.
4.
Obsolete. to anger or annoy (someone) out of spite.
Idioms
5.
in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding: He was tolerant in despite of his background and education.

Origin:
1250–1300; orig. in despite of; Middle English despit < Old French < Latin dēspectus view from a height, scorn, equivalent to dēspec-, variant stem of dēspicere (see despicable) + -tus suffix of v. action


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

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despite
c.1300, from O.Fr. despit, from L. despectus "a looking down on," from despicere (see despise). The preposition (1593) is short for in despite of (1292), a loan-translation of Fr. en despit de "in contempt of." Almost became despight during 16c. spelling reform.
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