Definition of spite in English:

spite

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Pronunciation: /spʌɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun]

verb

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Phrases

in spite of

Without being affected by the particular factor mentioned: he was suddenly cold in spite of the sun
More example sentences
  • For Stella, it is arguable that success has come in spite of, rather than because of, her father.
  • It was totally sold out, packed to the gills in spite of the cold and rainy weather.
  • Anyhow, it was a good day, in spite of the cold, which is turning bitter and nasty.
Synonyms

in spite of oneself

Although one did not want or expect to do so: Oliver smiled in spite of himself
More example sentences
  • As they rolled through the park, the grand dames of the ton smiled in spite of themselves at the sight of the big, strong, stoic duke patiently answering the questions of the two small children.
  • I smiled in spite of myself and he laughed and asked, ‘What?’
  • Cam shot me a look, and I smiled in spite of myself, shaking my head and murmuring, ‘Stupid question.’

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French despit 'contempt', despiter 'show contempt for'.

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