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despite

[dih-spahyt] /dɪˈspaɪt/
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
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
Synonyms
1. See notwithstanding.
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British Dictionary definitions for de-spite

despite

/dɪˈspaɪt/
preposition
1.
in spite of; undeterred by
noun
2.
(archaic) contempt; insult
3.
(preposition) (rare) in despite of, in spite of
verb
4.
(transitive) an archaic word for spite
Word Origin
C13: from Old French despit, from Latin dēspectus contempt; see despise
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Word Origin and History for de-spite
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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