despite (oneself)

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despite (oneself)

Despite one not wanting or intending 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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But if we lack anticipation, we look at it with a curiosity that is well-known, almost despite ourselves searching the image with a hope to reduce terror by finding there a certain beauty.
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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.