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    In despite of

    Is "in spite of" a corruption of "in despite of"?

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    Re: In despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    Is "in spite of" a corruption of "in despite of"?
    No. we don't have "in despite of". We have "despite of".
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    Re: In despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    No. we don't have "in despite of". We have "despite of".
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    At first blush, I too felt that 'in despite of' could be some example of Bad English, but the authorities think otherwise:

    1. Merriam Webster:
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    1 de·spite Function:noun
    — in despite of: in spite of

    2. Frederick T. Wood's English Prepositional Idioms (1976)

    3. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition:
    Short for in despite of

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    Re: In despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    At first blush, I too felt that 'in despite of' could be some example of Bad English, but the authorities think otherwise:

    1. Merriam Webster:
    Main Entry:

    1 de·spite Function:noun
    — in despite of: in spite of

    2. Frederick T. Wood's English Prepositional Idioms (1976)

    3. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition:
    Short for in despite of
    Could you show us the examples for the use of "in despite of"?

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    Re: In despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Could you show us the examples for the use of "in despite of"?
    No examples were given by the authorities I quoted. But Dictionary.com has the following examples:

    de·spite /dɪˈspaɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[di-spahyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation preposition, noun, verb, -spit·ed, -spit·ing.
    –preposition
    1. in spite of; notwithstanding.
    –noun
    2. contemptuous treatment; insult.
    3. malice, hatred, or spite.
    –verb (used with object)
    4. Obsolete. to anger or annoy (someone) out of spite.
    —Idiom
    5. in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding: He was tolerant in despite of his background and education.

    [Origin: 1250–1300; orig. in despite of; ME despit < OF < L déspectus view from a height, scorn, equiv. to déspec-, var. s. of déspicere (see despicable) + -tus suffix of v. action]

    —Synonyms 1. See notwithstanding.
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    In despite of

    Despite \De*spite"\, n. [OF. despit, F. d['e]pit, fr. L. despectus contempt, fr. despicere. See Despise, and cf. Spite, Despect.] 1. Malice; malignity; spite; malicious anger; contemptuous hate.

    With all thy despite against the land of Israel. --Ezek. xxv. 6.

    2. An act of malice, hatred, or defiance; contemptuous defiance; a deed of contempt.

    A despite done against the Most High. --Milton.

    In despite, in defiance of another's power or inclination.

    In despite of, in defiance of; in spite of. See under Spite. ``Seized my hand in despite of my efforts to the contrary.'' --W. Irving.

    In your despite, in defiance or contempt of you; in spite of you. [Obs.]
    Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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    Re: In despite of

    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    No examples were given by the authorities I quoted.
    Isn't it a dead word, I mean, old English which is no longer used?

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