in spite of (oneself)(redirected from in spite of themselves)
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.
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.
in spite of
Regardless of, in defiance of, as in They kept on in spite of their fears. [c. 1400]
(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.
in spite of
Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.