despite etymology

English word despite comes from Latin specio (I observe, watch, look at.), Latin ex, e (A name of the letter X. (+ ablative) out of, from.)

Detailed word origin of despite

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
specio Latin (lat) I observe, watch, look at.
ex, e Latin (lat) A name of the letter X. (+ ablative) out of, from.
despicere Latin (lat)
despectus Latin (lat) A despising, contempt. A looking down upon; a view. A prospect, panorama (view from above). A spectacle (object of contempt).
despectum Latin (lat)
despit Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
despite English (eng) In spite of, notwithstanding, regardless of. (archaic) Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult.. (obsolete) Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.. Evil feeling; malice, spite. (obsolete) To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.

Words with the same origin as despite

Descendants of specio
aspect despicable despise disrespect disrespectful expect expected expecting inspect inspection inspector respect respected respectful species specific specifically specimen spectacle speculation spice spicy suspect suspicion
Descendants of ex, e
debt decide decision delicious delivery demand deny describe desert deserve design desire desperate destroy die due duty effect effort event evidence issue say still