in spite of (something)

in spite of (something)

Regardless or in defiance of; despite. In spite of all the warnings, the hikers decided to climb the restricted route, and ended up having to be rescued. We have succeeded, in spite of all the setbacks.
See also: of, spite

in spite of someone or something

without regard to someone or something; even though another course had been prescribed; ignoring a warning. In spite of her orders to stay, I left. In spite of the bad weather, I had fun on vacation.
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in spite of

Regardless of, in defiance of, as in They kept on in spite of their fears. [c. 1400]
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in ˈspite of something

if you say that somebody does/did something in spite of a fact, you mean it is surprising that that fact does/did not prevent them from doing it; despite: In spite of his age, he still leads an active life.They went swimming in spite of all the danger signs.English became the official language for business in spite of the fact that the population was largely Chinese.
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in spite of

Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.
See also: of, spite
References in classic literature ?
The words in italics were mutilated by the telegraph in transmission from Australia, and reaching the company in the form mentioned above gave rise to the mistake.
I then commenced and continued copying the Italics in Webster's Spelling Book, until I could make them all without looking on the book.
EXCEPT Gilbert -- AND Charlie Sloane," said Diana, imitating Anne's italics and slyness.
THE FORMER SEEMS TO BE MUCH THE MORE IMPORTANT (The italics are mine.
She forgot to send any message of kindness to Lady O'Dowd, as her wont was--and did not mention Glorvina by name, and only in italics, as the Major's BRIDE, for whom she begged blessings.
The italics in these extracts, as in the foregoing, are my own.