Definition of Despite

1. Noun. Lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike. "The despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"

Exact synonyms: Contempt, Disdain, Scorn
Generic synonyms: Dislike
Derivative terms: Contemptuous, Disdain, Scorn



2. Noun. Contemptuous disregard. "She wanted neither favor nor despite"
Generic synonyms: Disregard, Neglect

Definition of Despite

1. n. Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate.

2. v. t. To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.

3. prep. In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding; as, despite his prejudices.

Definition of Despite

1. Noun. (obsolete) Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred. ¹

2. Noun. (archaic) Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult. ¹

3. Noun. Evil feeling; malice, spite. ¹

4. Preposition. in spite of ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Despite

1. to treat with contempt [v -SPITED, -SPITING, -SPITES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Despite

despisal
despisals
despise
despised
despisedness
despiser
despisers
despises
despisest
despiseth
despising
despisingly
despisingness
despite (current term)
despited
despiteful
despitefully
despitefulness
despiteous
despiteously
despites
despiting
despitous
despoil
despoilation
despoiled
despoiler
despoilers

Literary usage of Despite

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1. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of His Noble by Thomas Malory, William Caxton (1900)
"CHAPTER XXXIV How Sir Lamorak sent an horn to King Mark in despite of Sir ... And because of the Queen Guenever, and in the despite of Sir Launcelot, ..."

2. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, William Morris (1887)
"THENCE THEY COME TO THE ISLAND OF THE SUN, AND despite OF WARNINGS HIS FELLOWS SLAY AND EAT OF THE KINE OF THE SUN. WHEREFORE IS THE SHIP WRECKED IN MID-SEA ..."

3. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"despite this obvious objection, and despite certain principles with which we entirely disagree, we readily admit that Mr. ..."

4. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"abl-y ; also despite, qv [t] to look. See Spy. ... OF de- -- despite, spile, malice, hatred. (F.. ... Der. despite, as prep. ; despite-ful, ..."

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