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in spite of

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The Impossible Generalized Man today is the critic who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy—yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed. Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no. This is what makes him impossible.
Nelson Algren
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English

Preposition

in spite of

  1. (idiomatic) Despite, irrespective of, notwithstanding.
    • 1898, Henry James, The Turn of the Screw, Courier Dover Publications (1991), ISBN 0486266842, page 72,
      No evening I had passed at Bly had the portentous quality of this one; in spite of which—and in spite also of the deeper depths of consternation that had opened beneath my feet—there was literally, in the ebbing actual, an extraordinarily sweet sadness.

Usage notes

  • In spite of is at once three words and one preposition; as may be seen in the 1898 quotation above, it is not separated during preposition-stranding (hence “in spite of which [] ”, never *“of which [] in spite”), but it may sometimes be separated by an adverb (as in “in spite also of”).

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