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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 despite

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 despite

c.1300, originally a noun, from Old French despit (12c., Modern French dépit), from Latin despectus "a looking down on, scorn, contempt," from past participle of despicere (see despise).

The preposition (early 15c.) is short for in despite of (late 13c.), a loan-translation of Old French en despit de "in contempt of." Almost became despight during 16c. spelling reform.

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