What does despite mean?

Definitions for despite
dɪˈspaɪtde·spite

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. despitenoun

    Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.

    Etymology: From despit, from despectum, from despicere.

  2. despitenoun

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

    Etymology: From despit, from despectum, from despicere.

  3. despitenoun

    Evil feeling; malice, spite.

    Etymology: From despit, from despectum, from despicere.

  4. despitepreposition

    in spite of

    Etymology: From despit, from despectum, from despicere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despitenoun

    malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate

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

  2. Despitenoun

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

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

  3. Despitenoun

    to vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously

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

  4. Despite

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

    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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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

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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

Examples of despite in a Sentence

  1. Ben Maletzke:

    Wolves routinely face threats to their survival from humans, other animals, and nature itself, but despite each years ups and downs, the population in Washington has grown steadily and probably will keep increasing by expanding their range.

  2. Peter Brown:

    It's not that Iowa Democrats are in love with Secretary Clinton right now. They even think Sanders would be better handling the economy, generally the hallmark of the candidate who wins the Democratic nomination, but despite all the things about Clinton that gives Democrats pause, there is one thing that unites them: She looks like a winner in November.

  3. Maria Sharapova:

    It certainly felt good to start, after not playing a match for a couple of months. Despite all the training, it's such a different feeling to go out on the court and play in front of a crowd, you always want to apply the things you work on little by little into match atmosphere. I think I did that quite well. I wanted to start off sharp and try to do the right things.

  4. John Kilduff:

    The part of the report that continues to amaze is the domestic production number, which showed a small rise, despite the ever-plunging rig count.

  5. Kim Presson:

    [The doctor] said despite Frank’s own medical issues, his only concern is with her well-being, just the history of them struck a special chord for me. I know it’s hard for the all our patients being here so anything we can do to bring them a little bit of joy is always important to us at St. Elizabeth’s.

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