Pronunciation: (di-spīt'), [key]
—prep., n., v., -spit•ed, -spit•ing.
in spite of; notwithstanding.
1. contemptuous treatment; insult.
2. malice, hatred, or spite.
3. in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding: He was tolerant in despite of his background and education.
Obs.to anger or annoy (someone) out of spite.
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