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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 (something)

Regardless or in defiance of; despite. In spite of all the warnings, the hikers decided to climb the restricted route, and ended up having to be rescued. We have succeeded, in spite of all the setbacks.
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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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in spite of

Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.
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for Social Change, was the visibility of people of color marching in spite of the overwhelming police presence.
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To date, Ashcroft appears devoted to NSEERS in spite of public criticism.
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In spite of this, Sonepaseut struggles to maintain his self-worth: "I feel like I'm a good book with a bad cover, and they're just judging me by my cover."
This improvement is due to the increase in the added value of manufacturing industries following the pick-up in the activity of chemical industy (28.9%) and mechanical and electronic industries (2.7%) and in spite of the downturn in the agri-food industry (- 0.6%) and the building materials, ceramics and glass industry (- 0.4%), Saidi added.