American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. In spite of; notwithstanding: won the game despite overwhelming odds.
- n. Contemptuous defiance or disregard.
- n. Spite; malice: "He died soon after . . . of pure despite and vexation” ( Sir Walter Scott).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Scorn; contempt; extreme malice; malignity; contemptuous aversion; spite.
- n. Defiance with contempt of opposition; contemptuous challenge.
- n. An act of malice or injury.
- To treat with contempt; set at naught; despise.
- To vex; offend; spite.
- In despite of; notwithstanding. See
in despite of, under despite, n.
- Synonyms Notwithstanding, In spite of, Despite. See notwithstanding.
- n. obsolete Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.
- n. archaic Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult.
- n. Evil feeling; malice, spite.
- prep. in spite of
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate.
- n. An act of malice, hatred, or defiance; contemptuous defiance; a deed of contempt.
- v. obsolete To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.
- prep. In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding.
- n. contemptuous disregard
- n. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
- From Old French despit, from Latin dēspectum ("looking down on"), from dēspicere ("to look down, despise"). (Wiktionary)
- Short for in despite of, from Middle English despit, spite, from Old French, from Latin dēspectus, from past participle of dēspicere, to despise; see despise. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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