in spite of (oneself)

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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 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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(do something) in ˈspite of yourself

(do something) even though you do not want or expect to: He was a bit depressed so I tried to cheer him up with a joke. He smiled in spite of himself.
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in spite of

Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.
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References in periodicals archive ?
It might require, as in "Everyday Use," something of an anti-artist, or someone like Dee, whose insensitive intrusion, who in spite of herself, brings Mama to claim a voice.
It seems that it is in this turn away, however, this siding briefly and in spite of herself with Dee, that Mama moves away just far enough to be able to return, just far enough to be able to have her epiphany.
In spite of herself, Dee provokes the question of value, of economy, of representation.
Dee, in trying to steal the quilts away, ends up losing them in spite of herself, but is also brought closer to home.
She is attracted to him in spite of herself but fearful that her own personality will be subdued.