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despite sb. (3 the prepositional use is not pre-S.)
1. contempt, scorn, disdain Ado I. i. 245 “an obstinate heretic in the despite of beauty,” Oth. IV. ii. 116.
2. malice, ill-will: “in ,” out of ill-will, spitefully H5 III. v. 17, Oth. IV. iii. 94 “scant our former having in despite.”
3. “in ,” in defiance of another's wish MND. V. i. 112, Shr. Ind. i. 128 “An onion . . . Shall in enforce a watery eye,” Rom. V. iii. 48, Lucr. <*>5; esp. “in of, in” (a person's) “,” notwithstanding the opposition of Wiv. V. v. 135, 3H6 I. i. 158, Cym. IV. i. 16; Err. III. i. 108* “in of mirth” (Theobald “wrath†), mean to be merry”; hence “ (of)” Meas. I. ii. 26 “ of all controversy,” Ado V. i. 75 “ his nice fence” (the word here becoming a preposition).
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    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 3.5
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.1
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