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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  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. Tom Brokaw:

    I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at Linda Vester on two occasions request, 23 years ago, because Linda Vester on two occasions wanted advice with respect to Linda Vester on two occasions career at NBC, the meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards Linda Vester on two occasions, at that time or any other.

  2. Josh Markman:

    Despite all the negative headlines, we are near all-time highs and that is because the fundamentals of the underlying economy are still strong.

  3. Stefan Worrall:

    The rally itself has been extraordinary but very thin and the failure of the yen to continue on the fairly steady path of weakening we've seen in the past couple of days has been reflected as nervousness in the Nikkei, it's been a very volatile two weeks and nerves are still frayed despite the fact that we're off the bottom of those extreme sessions we saw last week.

  4. Matt Smith:

    Gasoline is the star of the show today, ongoing strength in demand has yielded a large draw to gasoline inventories despite a rebound in refinery runs.

  5. Eduardo Pealver:

    Hes not someone whos historically been a champion of either political camp, he was a humble person who despite his position and stature, was at ease with all kinds of people, and able to bring them together.

Images & Illustrations of despite

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