Despite or In Spite Of

Is despite better than in spite of? Do they mean different things? What about in despite of?

Mignon Fogarty,
August 26, 2013

In spite of and despite mean the same thing and are interchangeable. For example, it is correct to say either of the following:

  • She ran well despite having old shoes.
  • She ran well in spite of having old shoes.

Some people prefer despite because it is shorter.

Despite the fact that you can choose which word to use, merging them into in despite of is wrong.

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