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Whiles vs Despite - What's the difference?

whiles | despite |

As nouns the difference between whiles and despite

is that whiles is while despite is (obsolete) disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.

As verbs the difference between whiles and despite

is that whiles is (while) while despite is (obsolete) to vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.

As an adverb whiles

is (archaic|or|scotland) sometimes; at times.

As a conjunction whiles

is (archaic|or|dialect) while.

As a preposition despite is

in spite of, notwithstanding.




  • (archaic, or, Scotland) sometimes; at times
  • *
  • (archaic, or, Scotland) meanwhile
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • the good knight whiles humming to himself the lay of some majored troubadour


    (English Conjunctions)
  • (archaic, or, dialect) while
  • * 1599 , (William Shakespeare), (Much Ado About Nothing) , Act IV, Scene 1, line 217
  • for it so falls out, / That what we have we prize not to the worth / Whiles' we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost, / Why, then we rack the value, then we find / The virtue that possession would not show us / ' Whiles it was ours.


  • Verb

  • (while)
  • English terms with homophones ----



    Alternative forms

    * despight (obsolete)


  • (obsolete) Disdain, contemptuous feelings, hatred.
  • *Bible, Ezekiel xxv. 6
  • *:all thy despite against the land of Israel
  • *1599 , (Much Ado About Nothing), by (William Shakespeare),
  • *:DON PEDRO. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the despite of beauty.
  • (archaic) Action or behaviour displaying such feelings; an outrage, insult.
  • *:
  • *:he asked kynge Arthur yf he wold gyue hym leue to ryde after Balen and to reuenge the despyte' that he had done / Doo your best said Arthur I am right wroth said Balen I wold he were quyte of the ' despyte that he hath done to me and to my Courte
  • *Milton
  • *:a despite done against the Most High
  • Evil feeling; malice, spite.
  • Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • In spite of, notwithstanding.
  • * 1592–1609 , William Shakespeare, Sonnet III :
  • So thou through windows of thine age shall see
    Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time.
  • * 1592–1609 , William Shakespeare, Sonnet XIX :
  • Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong,
    My love shall in my verse ever live young.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.}}

    Derived terms

    * despiteful


  • (obsolete) To vex; to annoy; to offend contemptuously.
  • (Sir Walter Raleigh)