despite


despite
/di spuyt"/, prep., n., v., despited, despiting.
1. in spite of; notwithstanding.
n.
2. contemptuous treatment; insult.
3. malice, hatred, or spite.
4. in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding: He was tolerant in despite of his background and education.
v.t.
5. Obs. to anger or annoy (someone) out of spite.
[1250-1300; orig. in despite of; ME despit < OF < L despectus view from a height, scorn, equiv. to despec-, var. s. of despicere (see DESPICABLE) + -tus suffix of v. action]

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