DESPITUS. This word signifies, in our ancient law books, a contemptible person. Flet. lib. 4, c. 5, Sec. 4. The English word despite is derived from it, which signifies spite or contempt against one's will - defiance with contempt, or contempt of opposition.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.