Despite is used as a preposition when something happens even though it might have been prevented by something else. You might go see a movie despite hearing a review calling it worse than Ishtar.

Despite is just one letter away from despise, and they actually share a root: the Latin verb despicere, meaning "to look down on scornfully." Despite came to mean "contempt" or "scorn" in English, though that use as a noun has mostly dropped out of use. The phrase "in despite of" gradually got shortened to the preposition despite and lost its scornful quality. If you accomplish something despite the obstacles in your way, there's no need to feel spiteful about it.

Definitions of despite

n contemptuous disregard

“she wanted neither favor nor despite
Type of:
disregard, neglect
willful lack of care and attention

n lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

“the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary”
contempt, disdain, scorn
Type of:
a feeling of aversion or antipathy

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