What does despite mean?

Definitions for despitedɪˈspaɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word despite.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contempt, disdain, scorn, despite(noun)

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"

  2. despite(noun)

    contemptuous disregard

    "she wanted neither favor nor despite"

Wiktionary

  1. despite(Noun)

    Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.

  2. despite(Noun)

    Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult.

  3. despite(Noun)

    Evil feeling; malice, spite.

  4. despite(Preposition)

    in spite of

  5. Origin: From despit, from despectum, from despicere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despite(noun)

    malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate

  2. Despite(noun)

    an act of malice, hatred, or defiance; contemptuous defiance; a deed of contempt

  3. Despite(noun)

    to vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously

  4. Despite

    in spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding; as, despite his prejudices

  5. Origin: [OF. despitier, fr. L. despectare, intens. of despicere. See Despite, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Despite

    de-spīt′, n. a looking down upon with contempt: violent malice or hatred.—prep. in spite of: notwithstanding.—adj. Despite′ful.—adv. Despite′fully.—n. Despite′fulness.—adj. Despit′eous (Spens.). [O. Fr. despit (mod. dépit)—L. despectusdespicĕre.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'despite' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #625

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'despite' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2698

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of despite in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of despite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Maya Angelou:

    History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

  2. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson:

    Despite the 20 years of study and multiple reports, there is no lasting solution and workers continue to get sick.

  3. Sigmund Freud:

    The great question which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want

  4. Shuabu Lawal:

    A boy ran into my shop and said his father and elder brother had been shot. He was only wearing shorts, no top and sweating despite the wintry weather. I shut down my shop immediately, leaving some items outside.

  5. Christos Kechagias:

    It revives Greeks' hopes that despite their big struggle to survive there is a 'holy grail' that will reconnect them to a period of glory and power, in times of crisis, people have the chance to redefine their identity.

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