Definition of in spite of oneself in English:

in spite of oneself

phrase

  • Although one did not want or expect to do so.

    ‘Oliver smiled in spite of himself’
    • ‘I smiled in spite of myself and he laughed and asked, ‘What?’’
    • ‘As they rolled through the park, the grand dames of the ton smiled in spite of themselves at the sight of the big, strong, stoic duke patiently answering the questions of the two small children.’
    • ‘I smiled in spite of myself and got some juice for Rachel and I and then I sat down at the table.’
    • ‘And he flashed her a grateful smile in spite of himself.’
    • ‘I smiled in spite of myself until I heard someone down in the commons for study hall.’
    • ‘I smiled in spite of myself, to see him waiting patiently for my arrival.’
    • ‘I watched him and Drake battle for the last piece of pumpkin pie, and smiled in spite of myself as I sat down.’
    • ‘I smiled in spite of myself, and somehow I doubted my teammate knew how much that really meant to me.’
    • ‘I smiled in spite of myself, because I knew that that had been me just a few short years earlier.’
    • ‘I smiled in spite of myself, and was glad that so many good people were willing to come along and help me.’
    • ‘Tanis smiled in spite of himself when he saw a balcony above lined with dancing females in various states of undress; some were close to being topless altogether.’
    • ‘William smiled in spite of himself and gave chase.’
    • ‘I smiled in spite of myself and looked up into his eyes.’
    • ‘Almost smiling in spite of himself, Ian looked at Grant again.’
    • ‘Coen smiled in spite of himself and his fear about the soap.’
    • ‘Cam shot me a look, and I smiled in spite of myself, shaking my head and murmuring, ‘Stupid question.’’
    • ‘I asked, finally beginning to smile in spite of myself.’
    • ‘Her voice suggested that she lost things like this all the time, and I smiled a bit in spite of myself.’
    • ‘Ian held his clenched fist up, and smiled in spite of himself.’
    • ‘The sight of the wardrobe in the corner caused me to smile in spite of myself.’