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Webster 1913 Edition


Despite

De-spite′

,
Noun.
[OF.
despit
, F.
dépit
, fr. L.
despectus
contempt, fr.
despicere
. See
Despise
, and cf.
Spite
,
Despect
.]
1.
Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate.
With all thy
despite
against the land of Israel.
Ezek. xxv. 6.
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.]

De-spite′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Despited
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Despiting
.]
[OF.
despitier
, fr. L.
despectare
, intens. of
despicere
. See
Despite
,
Noun.
]
To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.
[Obs.]
Sir W. Raleigh.
Syn. – See
Notwithstanding
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Despite

DESPITE

, n.
1.
Extreme malice; violent hatred; malignity; malice irritated or enraged; active malignity; angry hatred.
With all thy despite against the land of israel. Ezek. 25.
2.
Defiance with contempt, or contempt of opposition.
He will rise to fame in despite of his enemies.

Definition 2022


despite

despite

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Noun

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
    • Milton
      a despite done against the Most High
  3. Evil feeling; malice, spite.

Preposition

despite

  1. In spite of, notwithstanding, regardless of.
    • 15921609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet III:
      So thou through windows of thine age shall see
      Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time.
    • 15921609, 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:
      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.

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Verb

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?)

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