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Meaning of despite

de•spite

Pronunciation: (di-spīt'), [key]
— prep., n., v., -spit•ed, -spit•ing.
—prep.
  1. in spite of; notwithstanding.
—n.
  1. contemptuous treatment; insult.
  2. malice, hatred, or spite.
  3. in spite of; notwithstanding: He was tolerant in despite of his background and education.
—v.t.
  1. to anger or annoy (someone) out of spite.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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