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in spite of
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spite \Spite\, n. [Abbreviated fr. despite.] 1. Ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice; grudge; rancor; despite. --Pope. [1913 Webster] This is the deadly spite that angers. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Vexation; chargrin; mortification. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] In spite of, or Spite of, in opposition to all efforts of; in defiance or contempt of; notwithstanding. "Continuing, spite of pain, to use a knee after it had been slightly injured." --H. Spenser. "And saved me in spite of the world, the devil, and myself." --South. "In spite of all applications, the patient grew worse every day." --Arbuthnot. See Syn. under Notwithstanding. To owe one a spite, to entertain a mean hatred for him. [1913 Webster] Syn: Pique, rancor; malevolence; grudge. Usage: Spite, Malice. Malice has more reference to the disposition, and spite to the manifestation of it in words and actions. It is, therefore, meaner than malice, thought not always more criminal. " Malice . . . is more frequently employed to express the dispositions of inferior minds to execute every purpose of mischief within the more limited circle of their abilities." --Cogan. "Consider eke, that spite availeth naught." --Wyatt. See Pique. [1913 Webster]