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de·spite  (d-spt)
In spite of; notwithstanding: won the game despite overwhelming odds.
1. Contemptuous defiance or disregard.
2. Spite; malice: He died soon after . . . of pure despite and vexation (Sir Walter Scott).

[Short for in despite of, from Middle English despit, spite, from Old French, from Latin dspectus, from past participle of dspicere, to despise; see despise.]

despite  /dspat/  prep. even though, in spite of: Despite the fact that she is short, she is an excellent basketball player.

Thesaurus: despite notwithstanding | regardless of. despite

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