despite

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French despit, from Latin dēspectum (looking down on), from dēspiciō (to look down, despise).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈspaɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪt

Preposition[edit]

despite

  1. In spite of, notwithstanding, regardless of.
    • 1592–1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet III:
      So thou through windows of thine age shall see
      Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time.
    • 1592–1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet XIX:
      Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong,
      My love shall in my verse ever live young.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess[1]:
      The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.
    • 2014 March 3, Zoe Alderton, “‘Snapewives’ and ‘Snapeism’: A Fiction-Based Religion within the Harry Potter Fandom”, in Religions[2], volume 5, number 1, MDPI, DOI:10.3390/rel5010219, pages 219-257:
      Despite personal schisms and differences in spiritual experience, there is a very coherent theology of Snape shared between the wives. To examine this manifestation of religious fandom, I will first discuss the canon scepticism and anti-Rowling sentiment that helps to contextualise the wider belief in Snape as a character who extends beyond book and film.

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Noun[edit]

despite (countable and uncountable, plural despites)

  1. (obsolete) Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.
  2. (archaic) Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter iiij, in Le Morte Darthur, book II:
      he asked kynge Arthur yf he wold gyue hym leue to ryde after Balen and to reuenge the despyte that he had done / Doo your best said Arthur I am right wroth said Balen I wold he were quyte of the despyte that he hath done to me and to my Courte
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      a despite done against the Most High
  3. Evil feeling; malice, spite.
    • (Can we date this quote?), tr. Richard Crawley, Thucydides The Peloponnesian War:
      And for these Corcyraeans--neither receive them into alliance in our despite, nor be their abettors in crime.

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Verb[edit]

despite (third-person singular simple present despites, present participle despiting, simple past and past participle despited)

  1. (obsolete) To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Raleigh to this entry?)

References[edit]

  • despite at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • despite in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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