despite


despite
despite c.1300, from O.Fr. despit (12c., Mod.Fr. dépit), from L. despectus "a looking down on, scorn, contempt," from pp. of despicere (see DESPISE (Cf. despise)). The preposition (early 15c.) is short for in despite of (late 13c.), a loan-translation of O.Fr. en despit de "in contempt of." Almost became despight during 16c. spelling reform.

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