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Is "in spite of" a corruption of "in despite of"?
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where on earth have you read or heard of "in despite of"????
1. Merriam Webster:
Main Entry:1de·spite Function:noun
in despite of: in spite of

2. Frederick T. Wood's English Prepositional Idioms (1976)

3. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition:
Short for in despite of
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Hi,

You might like to look at a dictionary of etymology. eg

despite

1297, from O.Fr. despit, from L. despectus "a looking down on," from despicere (see despise). The preposition (1593) is short for in despite of (1292), a loan-translation of Fr. en despit de "in contempt of." Almost became despight during 16c. spelling reform.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=despite&searchmode=none

spite (n.)

c.1300, shortened form of despit "malice" (see despite). Corresponding to M.Du. spijt, M.L.G. spyt, M.Swed. spit. Commonly spelled spight c.1575-1700. The verb is attested from c.1400. Phrase in spite of is recorded from c.1400.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=spite&searchmode=none

Despite all this information, please note this. If you say 'In despite of . . . ' today, most people willl simply think that you are speaking poor English that sounds odd and unidiomatic.

Best wishes, Clive
...and someone might like to tell this learner of the English language just how archaic and unused that expression is!
Terryxpress...and someone might like to tell this learner of the English language just how archaic and unused that expression is!
Why, is it too condescending for you to tell it yourself to this learner of the English language? Get off your cotton-picking high horse, and read my initial posting once again! (How anachronistic your attitude is!)
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Hi,

Having said all that, please let's turn our focus back to the original question if anyone has anything else useful to add.

Thank you, Clive
Hi Selvakumar

Is "in spite of" a corruption of "in despite of"?

Nowadays, nobody writes 'in despite of'. Instead, we use 'despite' (one word), which has the same meaning as 'in spite of'.

I hope the above helps.

Best wishes
Hei man

Example 1:

She took the jobb despite the family`s objections

Example 2:

She tokk the jobb in spite of the family`s objections
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