despite (oneself)

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despite (oneself)

Used when one does something even though they did not want or intend to. I enjoyed our walk but had to sit down despite myself because my knee started bothering me.
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despite yourself

used to indicate that you did not intend to do the thing mentioned.
1995 Ginu Kamani Junglee Girl Sahil chuckled, despite himself.
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References in classic literature ?
When he said 'or you,' Mrs Varden, despite herself, relaxed into a smile.
Tobin's enthusiasm for Bigfoot is infectious and despite herself Lemonade is drawn into his quest and in this way begins to meet other members of the tiny community.
Eliza's transformation, both as a businesswoman and as a woman who, despite herself, discovers love, was well documented.
Much of the novel's heartbreak -- and despite herself, Ashour is excellent at heartbreak -- is the mother's fraught relationship with her exiled children.
Ms Altmann has previously told Ms McKinnell there is "no more" she can do on the matter, despite herself having campaigned against the 2011 changes in her previous role as director general of Saga.
Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy is the first in the Amanda Lester, Detective series, offering fans an updated heroine: an independent, smart, and sassy young protagonist who finds herself embracing her destiny as a detective despite herself.
But there's a sneaking suspicion that, despite herself, Carla secretly still loves and misses him, too.
When Jane broke through, overnight success did not exist and, despite herself finding fame after a television show, Jane feels that was a good thing.
Despite herself being a target in the Brighton bombing, she approved secret talks between government officials and the IRA leadership in 1990 - talks which paved the way for the peace process.
As for Murphy, Barkin didn't need to be sold on him: She was a big fan of Nip/Tuck and, despite herself, also watches his other current show, the FX series American Horror Story.
Now, despite herself, she couldn't help thinking of the shock and chagrin she'd felt when, on her next visit to Alltgoch, there was no sign of the caravan.
Despite herself, Steedman laments the absence in her mother of the kind of love that would have regarded her as an end in herself" (107).
Despite herself, the narrator finds that such a lifestyle--as crudely philistine as it might have seemed to her before she abandoned her principles--is not without its rewards.
Maugham's complex account of a silly, shallow woman who grows spiritually despite herself stands as eloquent testimony to the unfathomable realm of human possibility.