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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. Jeb Bush:

    In this campaign I've stood my ground refusing to bend to the political winds, we put forward detailed, innovative conservative plans to address the mounting challenges that we face. Because despite what you might have heard, ideas matter... policy matters.

  2. Sarah Ernstes:

    For me, it was just a hope that it would give them some kind of peace and joy despite everything that they've been through that in this past year. I just hope that Roy and I can honor them and honor him in some way that they'll be proud of us.

  3. Farris Wilks:

    America has always been a land of opportunity. Its the one place on earth where you can go from building brick walls in the Texas heat to the kind of success my brother and I have achieved, ted Cruz believes in the opportunity society, he believes in the dignity of hard work, and hes not afraid to fight for what he believes in. The Wilkses are not the only billionaires backing Cruz. Reclusive hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer gave $11 million; Texas energy investor Toby Neugebauer gave $10 million. Mercer has declined to comment on why he is supporting Cruz, while Neugebauer backs Cruz for his track record promoting conservative causes and opposing the federal debt. Despite the large donations, Cruz is not among the leaders of the Republican race. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sept. 8 showed him in fourth place among Republican voters at 5.5 percent, tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. . PRAYING FOR CRUZ. The day after President Barack Obama won a second term, I was pretty bummed out, Farris Wilks told congregants in a sermon on Nov. 7, 2012, a recording of which was provided by Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow with the equal rights group People for the American Way. I do believe that our country died that Tuesday night, Wilks said. Less than a year later, Farris found himself in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, where Cruz stood with head bowed in a prayer circle, surrounded by evangelical Christians. Cruz was among the political headliners at a Pastors and Pews conference, an annual, closed-door affair that now occurs in roughly 14 states and is organized by Christian nationalist David Lane. The born-again Lane, a self-described former wild man of drugs, wine, women and song, believes the Bible should be the primary textbook in public schools and that judges who favor same-sex marriage should be impeached. He says people who embrace homosexual marriage, along with pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media, are creating Americas downfall with their multiracial false gods. One of Lanes major aims is to motivate at least 1,000 pastors to run for office in 2016. Polling shows there are 65 million to 80 million evangelical Christians but only a quarter of them vote. Getting 5 percent more registered and voting would, according to Lane, put a conservative in the White House. Asked about the Wilks brothers' financial support for Cruz, Lane said in an interview:.

  4. Patrice Andrews:

    The 911 calls don't stop. People are still having emergencies, the emergencies don't stop and certainly the emergencies don't care if you are 60 % staffed or below, this profession is, is something we were all called to do and not everyone is meant to be the police. This profession is certainly a noble one, even yet and still, despite everything, this profession is certainly noble.

  5. Susan Taghioff:

    Despite this, the influenza vaccine is by no means a replacement for the COVID-19 vaccine, and we advocate for everyone to receive their COVID-19 vaccine if able to. Continued promotion of the influenza vaccine also has the potential to help the global population avoid a possible ‘twindemic’ – a simultaneous outbreak of both influenza and coronavirus.

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    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
    • A. tithe
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