des·pite AW BrE [dɪˈspaɪt] NAmE [dɪˈspaɪt] preposition
1. used to show that sth happened or is true although sth else might have happened to prevent it
Syn: in spite of
• Her voice was shaking despite all her efforts to control it.
• Despite applying for hundreds of jobs, he is still out of work.
• She was good at physics despite the fact that she found it boring.
2. despite yourself used to show that sb did not intend to do the thing mentioned
Syn: in spite of
• He had to laugh despite himself.
[despite] Middle English (originally used as a noun meaning ‘contempt, scorn’ in the phrase in despite of): from Old French despit, from Latin despectus ‘looking down on’, past participle (used as a noun) of despicere, from de- ‘down’ + specere ‘look at’.
Ways of saying ‘but’
▪ Politicians have promised to improve road safety. So far, however ▪, little has been achieved.
Despite ▪ clear evidence from road safety studies, no new measures have been introduced.
▪ Politicians have promised to improve road safety. In spite of this ▪ / Despite this ▪, little has been achieved so far.
Although ▪ politicians have promised to improve road safety, little has been achieved so far.
▪ Some politicians claim that the new transport policy has been a success. In fact ▪, it has been a total disaster.
▪ Government campaigns have had a measure of success, but the fact remains that ▪ large numbers of accidents are still caused by careless drivers.
Language Bank at nevertheless
1. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
- he was held in contempt
- the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary
Syn: contempt, disdain, scorn
2. contemptuous disregard
- she wanted neither favor nor despite
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate.|
With all thy despite against the land of Israel.
|2.||An act of malice, hatred, or defiance; contemptuous defiance; a deed of contempt.|
A despite done against the Most High.
|v. t.||1.||To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.|
[imp. & p. p. Despited; p. pr. & vb. n. Despiting.]
|prep.||1.||In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding; as, despite his prejudices.|
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