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Definition of Despite


  1. Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate.
  2. An act of malice, hatred, or defiance; contemptuous defiance; a deed of contempt.
  3. To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.
  4. In spite of; against, or in defiance of; notwithstanding; as, despite his prejudices.

Despite Quotations

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. - Anne Frank
Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
Anne Frank

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Maya Angelou

Our criminal justice system is fallible. We know it, even though we don't like to admit it. It is fallible despite the best efforts of most within it to do justice. And this fallibility is, at the end of the day, the most compelling, persuasive, and winning argument against a death penalty.
Eliot Spitzer

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'
Sigmund Freud
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Despite Translations

despite in Afrikaans is ten spyte van
despite in Dutch is niettegenstaande, in weerwil van
despite in Finnish is huolimatta
despite in German is Verachtung, Verachtung, trotz
despite in Italian is vilipendi, nonostante
despite in Latin is odio
despite in Norwegian is nag, til tross for
despite in Portuguese is despeito
despite in Spanish is menosprecio, a pesar de
despite in Swedish is trots
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