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Is "in spite of" a corruption of "in despite of"?
1. Merriam Webster:
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
de·spite /dɪˈspaɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[di-spahyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation preposition, noun, verb, -spit·ed, -spit·ing.
1. in spite of; notwithstanding.
2. contemptuous treatment; insult.
3. malice, hatred, or spite.
–verb (used with object)
4. Obsolete. to anger or annoy (someone) out of spite.
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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This
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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