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in spite of



Definitions

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in spite of
     1. prep. Despite, irrespective of, notwithstanding.
Analysis
in
     1. prep. Used to indicate location, inclusion, or position within spatial, temporal or other limits
     2. prep.    Contained by.
             The dog is in the kennel.
     3. prep.    Within.
     4. prep.    Surrounded by.
spite
     1. n. Ill will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; a desire to vex or injure; petty malice; grudge; rancor.
           He was so filled with spite for his ex-wife, he could not hold down a job.
           They did it just for spite.
     2. n. (obsolete) Vexation; chagrin; mortification.
           The time is out of joint: O cursed spite. Shakespeare, Hamlet
of
     1. prep. Expressing direction.
     2. prep.    (now, obsolete or dialectal) From (of distance, direction), off.
     3. prep.   * (RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr, 15.10, 2, XIII, x):
     4. prep.   *: Sir said Galahad by this shelde ben many merueils fallen / Sir sayd the knyght hit befelle after the passion of our lord Ihesu Crist xxxij yere that Ioseph of Armathye the gentyl knyght
     5. prep.   * (RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly), II.5.3.ii:

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Example Sentences

In spite of all this, I'm still here. 
We've just got to keep on living in spite of that, in defiance of it, and try to find joy, because otherwise there's nothing. 
Yet in spite of each new failure and humiliation, he persists with it. 
Just as importantly, and in spite of occasional media excesses, what about press freedom? 
Sexual problems are rife in Britain, according to new research published today, in spite of, or maybe because of a culture in which expectations of passionate relationships are higher than ever before. 

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