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despite
WordNet 2.0
  • contemptuous disregard
  • "she wanted neither favor nor despite"
  • 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
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.]

  • 1. To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh.

  • 1. In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding; as, despite his prejudices.

    Syn. -- See Notwithstanding.

 

Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.

Alcaeus
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