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.
  • prep. In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding.
  • transitive v. To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To treat with contempt; set at naught; despise.
  • To vex; offend; spite.
  • In despite of; notwithstanding.
  • Synonyms Notwithstanding, In spite of, Despite. See notwithstanding.
  • n. Scorn; contempt; extreme malice; malignity; contemptuous aversion; spite.
  • n. Defiance with contempt of opposition; contemptuous challenge.
  • n. An act of malice or injury.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French despit, from Latin dēspectum ("looking down on"), from dēspicere ("to look down, despise").


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