Howbeit vs Albeit - What's the difference?

howbeit | albeit |

As conjunctions the difference between howbeit and albeit

is that howbeit is (archaic) although while albeit is although, despite being.

As an adverb howbeit

is (archaic) be that as it may; nevertheless.




(English Conjunctions)
  • (archaic) Although.
  • * 1749 , , Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, page 424,
  • Howbeit we have not yet been able to overtake young madam, we may account it some good fortune that we have hitherto traced her course aright.


  • (archaic) Be that as it may; nevertheless.
  • * 1607 , , Coriolanus , act 1, sc. 9,
  • I will go wash;
    And when my face is fair, you shall perceive
    Whether I blush or no: howbeit , I thank you.
  • * 1871 , Through Death to Love, lines 7-10:
  • ''Our hearts discern wild images of Death,
    ''Shadows and shoals that edge eternity.
    ''Howbeit athwart Death's imminent shade doth soar
    One Power




  • although, despite being
  • He has a very good idea, albeit a strange one.

    Usage notes

    Unlike although'', ''albeit cannot also introduce an independent clause. Either can introduce a noun phrase, adjectival phrase, or adverbial phrase.


    * 2001 , (Eoin Colfer), , page 92: *: The stranger had crossed a sacred line. He had mentioned the men’s mothers. Nothing could get him out of a beating now, even the fact that he was obviously a simpleton. Albeit a simpleton with a good vocabulary. * 2007 June 17, Ellen Marrus, in the Houston Chronicle : *: There’s an easy, albeit expensive, way to fix the national crisis in forensic crime labs. * {{quote-news, year=2011 , date=September 24 , author=Ben Dirs , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Up front, skipper and open-side Lewis Moody looked almost back to full fitness, while England's set-piece was barely troubled, albeit against a Romania side showing 11 changes from that beaten by Argentina earlier in the week.}}