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Despite is a common preposition. And produces a common error: despite of.

When using despite, there’s no need to attach of.

Thus:

  • He remains a great leader despite age and infirmity. (The New Oxford American Dictionary)
  • She ran the race despite an injury. (Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary)
  • Despite our best efforts to save him, the patient died during the night.
  • They are not getting married, despite rumors to the contrary. [=even though there have been rumors saying they are getting married]
  • Despite its small size, the device is able to store thousands of hours of music.

Despite means in spite of (written as three words, not inspite of). I favor conciseness, so I use the shorter despite instead of the longer in spite of. 

Photo credit: wired.co.uk

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