Difference between Despite and Inspite

Key difference: The words ‘despite’ and ‘inspite’ are prepositions used to express contrast. The term ‘despite’ is often more commonly used in English and sometimes is also considered as a synonym for ‘inspite’.

Both, ‘despite’ and ‘inspite’ are used in English with the pronouns, this, that, what, etc. or along with a verb in the ‘-ing’ form.

The word ‘despite’ means ‘notwithstanding’, ‘even though’ or ‘regardless’. It is considered to be the formal version for inspite and is more commonly used. It is used in both the sense of a noun, as well a pronoun. It is also used in the second and third clause of a sentence. Words like although, though and even though can also be used as alternatives. The word ‘despite’ is the opposite for the reasoning word ‘because’.

For example:

  • Tom woke up feeling refreshed despite Jerry calling at midnight (as a noun).
  • She wants to go for an ice cream despite this cold (as a pronoun).
  • Despite working out regularly at the Jim, John remained as bulky as he was (usage of ‘–ing’)
  • She liked cold coffee despite having a cold (in the second and third clauses).

The word ‘inspite’ means the same as that of ‘despite’; most commonly it is used along with ‘of’, such as commonly ‘inspite of’. The term ‘inspite of’ is generally used to denote a degree of contempt or rebellion. Similar to ‘despite’, even ‘inspite’ is used as a noun or pronoun, along with a verb in the ‘–ing’ form, and in the second and third clause of a sentence.

For example:

  • Ron woke up feeling refreshed inspite of Harry calling at midnight (as a noun).
  • He wants to go for a walk inspite of the danger (as a pronoun).
  • Inspite of eating less, Carl remained fat (usage of ‘-ing’).
  • Inspite of having so much of wealth, the businessmen never lend any share of his money to the poor (in the second and third clauses).

Comparison between Despite and Inspite:

 

Despite

Inspite

Used as

It is used as a preposition, noun and verb.

It is used as a preposition, noun and verb.

Usage

It is more formal and common in usage.

It is not that familiar in English usage.

Used as ‘the fact’

'Despite' the fact that he is much older than the others, he won the match.

‘In spite of’ the fact that he is much older than the others, he won the match.

Examples

Despite the heavy traffic, they got there on time.

In spite of the heavy traffic, they got there on time.

Written as

It is written as one continuous word.

It is written by breaking it into two words.

Other forms

despite something (noun)

despite + verb + -ing

despite the fact that

inspite of something (noun)

inspite of + verb + -ing

inspite of the fact that..

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