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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The lure of Hollywood and stardom is the bedrock of the film: Dalton's fear of losing it, Tate's casual ascendancy; even the Manson family are starstruck despite themselves.
Despite themselves being partially blamed in the Co-op inquiry for the bank's collapse, political parties were quick to call on Wednesday for Finance Minister Harris Georgiades to resign or be dismissed.
Many seem to feel this way despite themselves: voters who have despised her Conservative Party all their lives, including, privately, a number of opposition Labour members of Parliament, admit to a grudging admiration for her calmness and stoicism in the face of extreme provocation - or if not that far, then at least empathy for the raw humiliation she's endured over the past two years combined with, on occasion, appreciation of her willingness to take responsibility while others fled.
It was an astonishing turn of events that transformed Celtic Park from a morgue to a madhouse as Celtic made it to the knockout stages, almost despite themselves.
And yet none of it made a damn bit of difference as Celtic made it to the knockout stages almost despite themselves.
As an international community, we must do our utmost to show solidarity with these vulnerable hosts who are giving so much despite themselves having to make ends meet," said Samuel Rizk UNDP senior regional Bureau for Arab States at the same press conference.
The police, despite themselves being victims of terrorism and targeted killings themselves, have seen some substantial gains by apprehending proclaimed offenders and nabbing high-value targets with the aid of the Counter Terrorism Department.
I love the Olympics despite themselves because I prefer symbolic wars to real ones.
The most deadly is the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps ( IRGC), which has eliminated the terrorists from much of Syria, despite themselves being in the crosshairs of two influential countries and a major bloc, the US, Israel and the GCC.
'Destination Wedding' tells the story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, both pariahs at this affair, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves. But to act on those feelings would be to trust hope over experience, a foolish choice indeed.
Medication reconciliation via EHR is reported to significantly reduced adverse medication events, while electronic reporting of critical lab values has become more timely (Hoover, 2016).The techies are making progress despite themselves!
These approaches have led to an unexpected result: at least for some organelles and taxa, the genome and HCE structures, despite themselves containing relatively little information, still adequately resolve the evolution of species.
And yet what also comes through in Gonte's beautiful play is that despite themselves, each character also longs to be part of something better, a better world, a better country.
I see Daeren and Andra as community organizers, trying to haul in the drug addicts and save them despite themselves.