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Meaning of DESPITE

Pronunciation:  di'spIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  contemptuous disregard; "she wanted neither favor nor despite"
  2. [n]  lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"

DESPITE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: contempt, disdain, scorn
 See Also: dislike, disregard, neglect



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*spite"\, n. [OF. despit, F. d['e]pit, fr. L.
    despectus contempt, fr. despicere. See {Despise}, and cf.
    {Spite}, {Despect}.]
    1. Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous
             With all thy despite against the land of Israel.
                                                   --Ezek. xxv.
    2. An act of malice, hatred, or defiance; contemptuous
       defiance; a deed of contempt.
             A despite done against the Most High. --Milton.
    {In despite}, in defiance of another's power or inclination.
    {In despite of}, in defiance of; in spite of. See under
       {Spite}. ``Seized my hand in despite of my efforts to the
       contrary.'' --W. Irving.
    {In your despite}, in defiance or contempt of you; in spite
       of you. [Obs.]
  2. \De*spite"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Despited}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Despiting}.] [OF. despitier, fr. L. despectare,
    intens. of despicere. See {Despite}, n.]
    To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously. [Obs.] --Sir W.
  3. \De*spite"\, prep.
    In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding; as,
    despite his prejudices.
    Syn: See {Notwithstanding}.
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