WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
in spite of - despite
‘in spite of’
You use in spite of when you are mentioning something that surprisingly does not prevent something else from being true. The spelling is in spite of, not ‘inspite of’.
The air was clear and fresh, in spite of all the traffic.
In spite of his ill health, my father was always cheerful.
Be careful
Don't use ‘in spite of’ to say that something is not affected by any circumstances. Don't say, for example, ‘Everyone can take part, in spite of their ability’. Say ‘Everyone can take part regardless of their ability’ or ‘Everyone can take part whatever their ability’.
If she is determined to do something, she will do it regardless of what her parents say.
The gardens look beautiful whatever the time of year.
Be careful
Don't use ‘in spite of’ as a conjunction. Don't say, for example, ‘In spite of we objected, they took our phones away ’. Say ‘Although we objected, they took our phones away’.
Maria kept her coat on, although it was warm in the room.
‘despite’
Despite means the same as in spite of. Don't say ‘despite of’.
Despite the difference in their ages, they were close friends.
The school is going to be closed despite protests from local people.
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