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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Like Bruce, the king of "new" comedy, Tam pushes at our prejudices and sometimes we laugh despite ourselves.
In fact, what we find so attractive may be the extent to which we're charmed, seduced, and subsumed, despite ourselves, by Finsel's family romance of one.
Despite ourselves we will become attracted and then totally addicted to the action, and if not fortunate enough to possess tickets will be glued to our television sets.
Almost despite ourselves, we claim the space around us more effectively than we could ever imagine.
Despite ourselves we can't help getting excited at the prospect of another dose of tears and tantrums as The X Factor proves its surprising staying power with a sixth series, which starts tonight at 7pm on ITV1.
For example, if we ask ourselves whose husband Brad Pitt used to be, most of us will know, despite ourselves, that it was Jennifer Aniston, and that he is now partnered with the gorgeous Angelina Jolie.
I sometimes think that our competitive instincts are so deeply ingrained that - almost despite ourselves - we cannot resist those competitive pressures of city against city, rural against urban, university against university and business against business.
We--subjects, interlocutors, and witnesses--are, despite ourselves, all caught in the constitutive force of affective expression.
Ochs reflects on the fact that despite ourselves we who seek to bridge the academic and religious spheres find ourselves oppressing now one and now the other of these.
But despite ourselves we keep on writing over-complicated knotty pieces for it.
It made me aware once again of what activists can accomplish, usually despite ourselves.
Revelation happens when we break -- when despite ourselves, a space opens up--an emptiness that we cannot fill.
We may do some things with computers only because we can, but we will, inevitably, and sometimes even despite ourselves, learn.
When we function out of only half our experience, as though the other side of the brain were irrelevant, we find that despite ourselves we recreate societal and ecological injustice all over again.