despight

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

despight (uncountable)

  1. obsolete spelling of despite
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene,
      In haste Duessa from her place arose,
      And to him running said, O prowest knight,
        That ever Ladie to her love did chose,
        Let now abate the terror of your might,
        And quench the flame of furious despight,
        And bloudie vengeance; lo th' infernall powres,
        Covering your foe with cloud of deadly night,
        Have borne him hence to Plutoes balefull bowres.
      The conquest yours, I yours, the shield, the glory yours.
    • 1714, Jonathan Swift, Dennis' Invitation to Steele,
      I'll bid adieu to gravity, and drink;
      And, though I can't put off a woful mien,
      Will be all mirth and cheerfulness within:
      As, in despight of a censorious race,
      I most incontinently suck my face.

Preposition[edit]

despight

  1. obsolete spelling of despite