from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.
- n. Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult.
- n. Evil feeling; malice, spite.
- prep. in spite of
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate.
- n. An act of malice, hatred, or defiance; contemptuous defiance; a deed of contempt.
- transitive v. To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.
- prep. In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding.
from The 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.
- Synonyms Notwithstanding, In spite of, Despite. See notwithstanding.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. contemptuous disregard
- n. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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)
From Old French despit, from Latin dēspectum ("looking down on"), from dēspicere ("to look down, despise"). (Wiktionary)