What does "sorry despite myself" mean?
Hi, my English is not very good, and I would like to know what that friend meant when he wrote to me "I'm sorry despite myself."
Does that mean he says sorry but doesn't really know what for, or does that mean he is very sorry for what he knows he has done? Thanks!
Most Helpful Guy
That phrase is poor English, so you can't be blamed for struggling with it.
He's trying to say that he's sorry, and that he knows he made a mistake, and that he knew from the beginning that he was making a mistake, but he did it anyway, because even though it was a mistake, it was what he wanted to do at the time.
What Guys Said
"Despite myself" is not a common phrase in English, at least not in American English. It means to do something you don't want to, or would not normally do, but you do it anyway.
For example: If it's not normal for me to eat 5 pizzas and get sick, but I did it anyway for some reason, then I ate them despite myself. The full phrase "I'm sorry despite myself" is not something I've heard before. I don't know the full context so it's hard to guess. "Despite myself" might refer to saying he's sorry, or the thing he's sorry about. Probably best to just ask him.
This just means that the person using this has a low knowledge of English.
It means : I am doing something because of better judgement, not because I want to.
Like I really love ice cream but it makes me fat. I'm sorry I can't have any despite myself wanting some.
It comes from / is the same as:
"in spite of oneself" To 'spite yourself' means to do something that hurts you. Usually used to mean you do something you do not believe you should do.
I've never really heard that phrase used stateside. I would say it means "despite my own doubts."
Where are you from?
It means being compelled to an action when before you were against it.
Initially, it seems he's saying sorry even though he doesn't really think he is.
What Girls Said
he doesn't really seem to make much sense, but English is my first language and I am assuming that he means "sorry because of me".
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