in spite of vs despite : Common Errors in English

About in spite of vs despite

Although “in spite of” is perfectly standard English, some people prefer “despite” because it is shorter. Be careful not to mix the two together by saying “despite of” except as part of the phrase “in despite of” meaning “in defiance of.”And note that unlike “despite,” “in spite” should always be spelled as two separate words.

despite Meaning(s)

  • (n) lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  • (n) contemptuous disregard

in spite of in News

  1. Koeller Street conundrum continues: Debate over right pronunciation rages

    In an era in which Google, Wikipedia and social media ensure that an answer to everything is at your fingertips, the Koeller Conundrum persists. Old habits die hard, so in spite of varied efforts to set the record straight - including one 10 years ago by Oshkosh Northwestern Media - the debate over whether it is 'kay-ler,' 'kol-ler,' or 'kel-ler' has survived into the 21st century. Click here ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Oshkosh Northwestern

  2. BLOG: Nintendo's First-Party Release Schedule in Two Simple Infographics

    What upcoming first party software are you looking forward to? In spite of the mixed reception online to the E3 Direct yesterday, Nintendo does have a rather full first-party release schedule for the second half of 2013 and early portions of 2014. You would be forgiven for losing track of precisely what is actually coming out and when - thankfully, in a recent briefing to industry analysts ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Nintendo World Report

  3. Happily, the big lake’s demise has been greatly exaggerated

    In spite of dire predictions about the future of sportfishing in Lake Michigan, the big lake is more than holding her own. Quality opportunities for perch, smallmouth bass and even walleye await those who are willing to give it a try.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Daily Herald

despite in News

  1. Despite rumors to the contrary, the Penguins gave Dan Bylsma a two-year contract extension.

    Despite rumors to the contrary , the Penguins gave Dan Bylsma a two-year contract extension. Ray Shero also says, "I'm not getting rid of Marc-André Fleury."
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Deadspin

  2. Despite recent rains, drought far from over

    Despite recent rains, drought conditions continue for Atascosa County, according to President Pete Pawelek, Atascosa County Farm Bureau president.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Pleasanton Express

  3. Despite Move to WSOF, the End Game is the Same for Jon Fitch: Become a Champion

    Despite winning only one of his last four fights and his subsequent release from the UFC, former welterweight title contender Jon Fitch is not down on himself. If anything, he’s looking forward to the future.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: MMA Weekly via Yahoo! Sports

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