What does despite mean?

Definitions for despite

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word despite.

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.

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.]

Matched Categories

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

How to pronounce despite?

How to say despite in sign language?


  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. Troy Kelley:

    I am aware the U.S. Attorney has questions about some financial activities related to my prior business, The Post Closing Department, i do not know any specifics about their inquiry, despite repeated requests for information, and cannot comment further.

  2. Rajeh Khoury:

    Despite what happened in Roumieh prison, which has restored some of the state's standing, the situation in the country remains fragile, the danger is still there because Lebanon stands in the middle of fires and wars that are burning around it.

  3. Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg:

    Despite the ongoing challenges of the air cargo market, we continue to see the 747 as a unique and significant value creator for our customers over the long term.

  4. Jos Barlow:

    Despite uncertainty about the total effect of these disturbances, it is clear that their cumulative effect can be as important as deforestation for carbon emissions and biodiversity loss, it is a really significant contribution to the global climate.

  5. Jayne Dixon Weber:

    When the kids are young, Randi Hagerman’re kind of hypersensitive to what other people think, i ’m past that now, and I ’m thankful that I am. What’s up next ? Medications helpful in treating Fragile X syndrome are a portal to understanding and developing treatments for other intellectual disabilities as well, including autism, Randi Hagerman said. As for Ian, Jayne Dixon Weber said if he continues working at the food store and stays active within his community, he will continue to grow and learn. Despite his developmental delays, Ian’s energy and attitude work in his favor.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for despite

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for despite »


Find a translation for the despite definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"despite." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 5 Jun 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/despite>.

Discuss these despite definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for despite? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    • A. obligate
    • B. interrupt
    • C. observe
    • D. fudge

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for despite: