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I dont think so

What about this sentence?

Despite being a king you should not misuse your power

Here there is no contrast or irony the meaning is clear and straightforward

am I wrong?

but the dictionary says that the preposition despite is always used to show contrast

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Your sentence is not a valid use of despite. It would be valid to say "Despite everyone deferring to you, your powers are limited." or "Despite being a king, you can do little without help from your subjects."

  • how about although – user80037 Aug 4 '18 at 14:41
  • although you're a king but you should not misuse your power – user80037 Aug 4 '18 at 14:42

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