despite of, in (prep.) Old form(s): despight
in spite of
CE III.i.108[Antipholus of Ephesus to Balthasar] I will depart in quiet, / And in despite of mirth mean to be merry
MA II.i.354[Don Pedro to Claudio and Leonato] I ... will so practise on Benedick that, in despite of his quick wit, .... he shall fall in love with Beatrice
MW V.v.125[Falstaff to all] a received belief, in despite of the teeth of all rhyme and reason
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