What does Despite mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contempt, disdain, scorn, despitenoun

    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. despitenoun

    contemptuous disregard

    "she wanted neither favor nor despite"


  1. despitenoun

    Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.

  2. despitenoun

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

  3. despitenoun

    Evil feeling; malice, spite.

  4. despitepreposition

    in spite of

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DESPITEnoun

    Etymology: spijt, Dutch; dépit, French.

    Thou wretch! despite o’erwhelm thee! William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    With men these considerations are usually the causes of despite, disdain, or aversion from others; but with God they pass for reasons of our greater tenderness towards others. Thomas Sprat.

    The life, thou gav’st me first, was lost and done;
    ’Till with thy warlike sword, despite of fate,
    To my determin’d time thou gav’st new date. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    My life thou shalt command, but not my shame;
    The one my duty owes; but my fair name,
    Despite of death, that lives upon my grave,
    To dark dishonour’s use thou shalt not have. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    Know I will serve the fair in thy despite. John Dryden, Fab.

    I have not quitted yet a victor’s right;
    I’ll make you happy in your own despite. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

    Say, would the tender creature, in despite
    Of heat by day, and chilling dews by night,
    Its life maintain? Richard Blackmore, Creation.

    Thou, with rebel insolence, did’st dare
    To own and to protect that hoary ruffian;
    And in despite, ev’n of thy father’s justice,
    To stir the factious rabble up to arms. Nicholas Rowe, Amb. S. Moth.

    His punishment, eternal misery,
    It would be all his solace and revenge,
    As a despite done against the most High,
    Thee once to gain companion of his woe. John Milton, Par. Lost.

  2. To Despiteverb

    To vex; to affront; to give uneasiness to.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Saturn, with his wife Rhea, fled by night, setting the town on fire, to despite Bacchus. Walter Raleigh, History.


  1. despite

    Despite is a preposition used to indicate the occurrence of an action or event even though something might have hindered or prevented it. It generally signifies a contrast or contradiction, essentially meaning "in spite of" or "regardless of".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despitenoun

    malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate

  2. Despitenoun

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

  3. Despitenoun

    to vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously

  4. Despite

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

  5. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

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  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

Examples of Despite in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Dae Kim:

    Yes, I'm Asian. And yes, I have coronavirus, but I did not get it in China. I got it in America -- in New York City, despite what certain political leaders want to call it, I don't consider the place where it's from as important as the people who are sick and dying.

  2. The SEC:

    In times of crisis and tragedy, it is especially important that public companies and executives provide full, fair, and truthful disclosures to the markets, the Boeing Company and Boeing Company former CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, failed in this most basic obligation. They misled investors by providing assurances about the safety of the 737 MAX, despite knowing about serious safety concerns.

  3. Georgy Satarov:

    There is a total, effective, monopolistic propaganda campaign, and if there is an information monopoly, how can you talk about ratings? the thing you have to pay attention to is not the fact that 80 percent support him, but that despite that information monopoly 15 percent don't support him.

  4. Harrison Edell:

    Running is a typical behavior for giraffes of all ages, especially young ones like Kipenzi, we've been very cautious with where we've allowed Kipenzi to roam, as we were with her siblings ... when they were small. It's heartbreaking that this happened where it did despite our precautions.

  5. Ruth Barcena:

    The ones who died were innocent people, [security forces] had no right to take their lives. I know what type of person my husband was; he was humble, he loved life, he gave everything for his family. A fighter. Despite being a peasant, he never had his head down.

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    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
    • A. serendipity
    • B. ditch
    • C. whitewash
    • D. brasserie

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