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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Despite, Despyt(e, n. Also: despytt. [ME. despit, despyt (c 1300), despite, etc., OF. despit. Cf. Dispite n.]

1. Indignation, vexation. 1456 Hay I. 22/30.
Syne he was put out agayne on force, … and for despyte he deide

2. Animosity, ill feeling, spite, hatred or strong dislike. 1456 Hay I. 261/5.
Gif a man has despyte at ane othir, and wald gladly fynd a fault till him of crime famous
Ib. II. 147/23; etc.
Lat thame never wit quham thou traistis, … for that sall rais envy and despyte
1535 Stewart 24158.
In greit despyte ouir all that land tha ȝeid
a1568 Scott iv. 15.
Taik ȝe this in despyte, I sall not said agane
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 262.
God grant thaim repenting hartes, to acknowledge thair despite they haue against that poure man
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. iii. 3.
Thou must be my mirthles muse, For to inspyre my spreit with thy despyte
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 131 b.
They wha sets fire in coilheuchis, vpon privat revenge and despit, commits treason

3. Contempt, scorn; action expressive of this. a1500 Henr. Orph. 522 (A).
Tantalus … For this despyte … Was dampnit in the flude of Acheron [etc.]
c1540 Lynd. Syde Taillis 61.
I haue maist in to despyte Pure claggokis cled in roiploch quhyte
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 38.
The lord Seatoune … made no small brage, that he wold enter in the towne … and stryke his drume in despite of all the cairles
a1540 Freiris Berw. 474 (M).
That he appeir in till our habite quhyt, … till our ordour it war ane grit despyte

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