in spite of (oneself)

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in spite of (oneself)

1. Despite one's own foibles, mistakes, or flaws. Somehow the Eagles managed to pull off a victory in spite of themselves. I knocked over my drink and called her the wrong name at one point, but all in all, I think the date went well in spite of myself.
2. Despite or against one's desire or intention. I was scared senseless when I realized there was a burglar in the house, but I laughed in spite of myself when he slipped on a banana peel on the kitchen floor.
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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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(do something) in ˈspite of yourself

(do something) even though you do not want or expect to: He was a bit depressed so I tried to cheer him up with a joke. He smiled in spite of himself.
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in spite of

Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.
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And we learn how God calls even the most reluctant of us to speak God's word and do God's work and how God does great things through us, sometimes even in spite of ourselves.
is fascinating reading for Americans as well, since it gives a no-nonsense, plain-terms summary of America's modern culture, revealing subconsciously internalized forces that drive us in spite of ourselves.
In spite of ourselves, the grace for eternal life that flows from Calvary through the resurrected Jesus is still open to everyone through repentance and faith, if they give their hearts to Him.
And Professor of Biology Garrett Hardin (Science, December 1968), with his "The Tragedy of the Commons," taught us why we nominally rational humans degrade our environment in spite of ourselves.