Definitions for despitedɪˈspaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•spitedɪˈspaɪt(prep.; n.; v.)-spit•ed, -spit•ing.

  1. (prep.)in spite of; notwithstanding.

  2. (n.)contemptuous treatment; insult.

  3. malice, hatred, or spite.

  4. (v.t.)Obs. to anger; annoy.

Idioms for despite:

  1. in despite of,in spite of; notwithstanding.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of despite:

1250–1300; orig. in despite of; ME despit < OF < L dēspectus view from a height, scorn

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. despite(preposition)ɪˈspaɪt

    indicates that sth happens although a situation made it unlikely to happen; = even though, in spite of

    He came to the party despite not having been invited.; I heard them despite the fact that they were whispering.


  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

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

Translations for despite

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in spite of

He didn't get the job despite all his qualifications.

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