*Despite Of | Definition, Correct Use & Examples

Common Mistakes updated on  October 30, 2023 1 min read
The preposition despite means “regardless of,” “even though,” or “notwithstanding.”

Despite and in spite of are also synonymous, but it’s important to remember that despite of is incorrect; the “of” is only needed in the other phrasing. The QuillBot Grammar Checker will fix this and other common mistakes automatically.


Examples: Despite of in a sentence
The dog keeps whining, despite of the fact that he's been fed.
The dog keeps whining, despite the fact that he's been fed.
The dog keeps whining, in spite of the fact that he's been fed


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Frequently asked questions about despite of

What does despite mean?

The preposition despite is used to mean “notwithstanding,” “regardless of,” or “even though.” 

A clause beginning with despite introduces information that contrasts with the information in the main clause (e.g., “Despite the sunny weather, we stayed inside all day”).

Despite and in spite ofare used interchangeably (e.g., “In spit of the sunny weather …”). But never write “despite of.”

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What does in spite of mean?

In spite of is a preposition that means “regardless of,” “even though,” or “notwithstanding.” 

It introduces a subordinate clause providing some contrasting information before or after the main clause of the sentence (e.g., “In spite of his lateness, Jimmy strolled into class as if nothing were wrong”).

In spite of and despite can be used interchangeably (e.g., “Despite his lateness …”). But be careful to avoid the common mistake of writing “despite of.”

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Jack Caulfield

Jack is a Brit based in Amsterdam, with an MA in literature. He writes about his specialist topics: grammar, linguistics, citations, and plagiarism. In his spare time, he reads a lot of books.

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