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From the Robert E. Howard Lexicon

"Timour has broken your allies and he will not forget the despite you put upon him."

—Lord of Samarcand




1. : the feeling or attitude of despising someone or something : contempt

2. : malice, spite

3. a : an act showing contempt or defiance

b : detriment, disadvantage

[Middle English, from Anglo-French despit, from Latin despectus, from despicere (see despise).

First Known Use: 13th century.]

De•spite (dɪˈspaɪt)

prep., n., v. -spit•ed, -spit•ing. prep.

1. in spite of; notwithstanding.


2. contemptuous treatment; insult.

3. malice, hatred, or spite.


4. Obs. to anger; annoy.


in despite of, in spite of; notwithstanding.

[1250–1300; orig. in despite of; Middle English despit < Old French < Latin dēspectus view from a height, scorn]

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