Synonyms for despite
- even though
- even with
- in contempt of
- in defiance of
- in the face of
- undeterred by
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESPITE
Yet, despite his chagrin, he realized that he could not send her from him forthwith.
Yet, despite her innocence, the world would not let her live according to her own conscience.
After all, Mary was only a woman, despite her cleverness, and with all a woman's timidity.
Despite the laughter there was a suspicious mist in Mr. Ried's eyes.
It came in a most casual voice, despite the dancing delight in her face.
Garson, despite his two great virtues, had the vices of his class.
Despite its many beauties, it was even less successful than Lothario.
Well, well, there was always a sorry fatalism to comfort one in joy's despite.
Despite the cold, and her bruises, and her tears, Barbara smiled.
I took her hand, and, despite my mother's presence, continued to hold it in mine.
c.1300, originally a noun, from Old French despit (12c., Modern French dépit), from Latin despectus "a looking down on, scorn, contempt," from past participle of despicere (see despise).
The preposition (early 15c.) is short for in despite of (late 13c.), a loan-translation of Old French en despit de "in contempt of." Almost became despight during 16c. spelling reform.