Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. In spite of; notwithstanding: won the game despite overwhelming odds.
  • n. Contemptuous defiance or disregard.
  • n. Spite; malice: "He died soon after . . . of pure despite and vexation” ( Sir Walter Scott).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.
  • n. Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult.
  • n. Evil feeling; malice, spite.
  • prep. in spite of

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate.
  • n. An act of malice, hatred, or defiance; contemptuous defiance; a deed of contempt.
  • transitive v. To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.
  • prep. In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Scorn; contempt; extreme malice; malignity; contemptuous aversion; spite.
  • n. Defiance with contempt of opposition; contemptuous challenge.
  • n. An act of malice or injury.
  • To treat with contempt; set at naught; despise.
  • To vex; offend; spite.
  • In despite of; notwithstanding.
  • Synonyms Notwithstanding, In spite of, Despite. See notwithstanding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. contemptuous disregard
  • n. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

Etymologies

Short for in despite of, from Middle English despit, spite, from Old French, from Latin dēspectus, from past participle of dēspicere, to despise; see despise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French despit, from Latin dēspectum ("looking down on"), from dēspicere ("to look down, despise"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • These "centrists" who retain the name despite being far to the right of most Republicans will try to convince people that this is a reasonable substitute for tax hikes on the rich.

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  • Last month, Moakler, a former Miss California turned Miss USA, stepped down from her position with the organization after Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump decided to allow Prejean, 22, to keep her title despite the emergence of semi-nude photos of her online.

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  • Trump saying Prejean can keep her title despite the controversy over those photos of her.

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  • After Bill which seemed to be his name despite an array of unpronounceable titles used to refer to him welcomed everyone, he assumed the half-lotus position, and everyone followed suit.

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  • Trump, whose organization owns the Miss Universe pageant, has declared that the current Miss USA, Tara Conner, may keep her title despite allegations of underage drinking and overly public displays of affection with another beauty queen.

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  • Donald trump says that the current Miss USA, Tara Conner, will be allowed to keep her title despite allegations about heavy underage drinking and other misbehavior.

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