What does the word despite mean?

Usage examples for despite

  1. You're an invalid, or I'd strike you, despite your years, Uncle Henry. – The Bad Man by Charles Hanson Towne
  2. " This," and she was gathered close while Faith confessed how hard her task had been by letting tears fall fast upon the head which seemed to have found its proper resting- place, as if despite her courage and her wisdom the woman's heart was half broken with its pity. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott