from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- prep. Archaic Notwithstanding; in spite of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To defy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ill-will; spite.
- In spite of; notwithstanding.
- To defy.
Middle English, from Old French : mal-, mau-, bad; see mal- + gre, liking, pleasure (from Latin grātum, from neuter of grātus, pleasing; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman malgré, from mal ("bad") + gre ("pleasure", "grace") (from Old French, from Latin gratum) (Wiktionary)