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 for in spite of
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spite \Spite\, n. [Abbreviated fr. despite.]
     1. Ill-will or hatred toward another, accompanied with the
        disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart; petty malice;
        grudge; rancor; despite. --Pope.
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              This is the deadly spite that angers. --Shak.
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     2. Vexation; chargrin; mortification. [R.] --Shak.
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     In spite of, or Spite of, in opposition to all efforts
        of; in defiance or contempt of; notwithstanding.
        "Continuing, spite of pain, to use a knee after it had
        been slightly injured." --H. Spenser. "And saved me in
        spite of the world, the devil, and myself." --South. "In
        spite of all applications, the patient grew worse every
        day." --Arbuthnot. See Syn. under Notwithstanding.
     To owe one a spite, to entertain a mean hatred for him.
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     Syn: Pique, rancor; malevolence; grudge.
     Usage: Spite, Malice. Malice has more reference to the
            disposition, and spite to the manifestation of it in
            words and actions. It is, therefore, meaner than
            malice, thought not always more criminal. " Malice . .
            . is more frequently employed to express the
            dispositions of inferior minds to execute every
            purpose of mischief within the more limited circle of
            their abilities." --Cogan. "Consider eke, that spite
            availeth naught." --Wyatt. See Pique.
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