• noun: the feeling or attitude of despising someone or something
  • verb: to treat with contempt
  • preposition: without being prevented by (something)
  • used to say that something happens or is true even though there is something that might prevent it from happening or being true
  • synonyms: contempt, malice, malignity


  • They are not getting married, 'despite' rumors to the contrary. [=even though there have been rumors saying they are getting married]

  • The law has yet to be passed, 'despite the fact that' most people are in favor of it.

  • They grew to love each other, almost 'despite themselves'.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) Tell us about your paper. I need a signature... To prove I came to the interview. Just write that "unfortunately, despite my obvious qualities..." Whatever usual bullshit you use to say you're still not interested. I need rebuffs to get welfare money again. I understand, welfare. (..)
    2011 Intouchables