in spite of vs despite : Common Errors in English

in spite of or 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.
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  • n  lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary
  • n  contemptuous disregard
    she wanted neither favor nor despite
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