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Synonyms for defeat
dɪˈfitde·feat

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defeat

    Strike is the word for a single blow; to beat is to strike repeatedly, as a bird beats the air with its wings. Others of the above words describe the manner of beating, as bastinado, to beat on the soles of the feet; belabor, to inflict a comprehensive and exhaustive beating; cudgel, to beat with a stick; thrash, as wheat was beaten out with the old hand-flail; to pound (akin to Latin pondus, a weight) is to beat with a heavy, and pommel with a blunt, instrument. To batter and to bruise refer to the results of beating; that is battered which is broken or defaced by repeated blows on the surface (compare synonyms for SHATTER); that is bruised which has suffered even one severe contusion. The metaphorical sense of beat, however, so far preponderates that one may be very badly bruised and battered, and yet not be said to be beaten, unless he has got the worst of the beating. To beat a combatant is to disable or dishearten him for further fighting. Hence beat becomes the synonym for every word which implies getting the advantage of another. Compare CONQUER.

    Almost all antonyms in this class are passive, and can be formed indefinitely from the conquering words by the use of the auxiliary be; as, be beaten, be defeated, be conquered, etc.

    Synonyms:
    bastinado, batter, beat, belabor, bruise, castigate, chastise, conquer, cudgel, flog, overcome, pommel, pound, scourge, smite, spank, strike, surpass, switch, thrash, vanquish, whip, worst

    Antonyms:
    fail, fall, get the worst of, go down, go under, surrender

    Preposition:
    Beat with a stick over the head; beat by a trick; out of town; beat to the ground; into submission.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defeatnoun

    Synonyms:
    frustration, overthrow, discomfiture

    Antonyms:
    victory, triumph, success

  2. defeatverb

    Synonyms:
    conquer, overcome, worst, beat, baffle, rout, overthrow, vanquish, frustrate, foil

    Antonyms:
    secure, promote, insure, speed, advance, establish, aid

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defeat, lickingnoun

    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

    "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"

    Synonyms:
    thrashing, trouncing, frustration, whacking, drubbing, beating, lacing, licking

    Antonyms:
    triumph, victory

  2. frustration, defeatverb

    the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals

    Synonyms:
    frustration, thwarting, licking, foiling

    Antonyms:
    victory, triumph

  3. get the better of, overcome, defeatverb

    win a victory over

    "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

    Synonyms:
    surmount, vote out, overwhelm, overcome, subdue, kill, get the best, whelm, overpower, shoot down, vote down, get the better of, sweep over, have the best, overtake, get over, master

    Antonyms:
    victory, triumph

  4. kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote outverb

    thwart the passage of

    "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"

    Synonyms:
    pour down, drink down, toss off, shoot, wipe out, overcome, buck, kill, down, bolt down, pop, stamp out, belt down, tear, vote down, shoot down, vote out, charge, obliterate, land, get the better of, turn thumbs down

    Antonyms:
    victory, triumph

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defeatnoun

    Synonyms:
    overthrow, downfall, rout, discomfiture, repulse

  2. defeatnoun

    Synonyms:
    frustration

  3. defeatverb

    Synonyms:
    conquer, overthrow, overcome, vanquish, checkmate, repulse, beat, discomfit, rout

  4. defeatverb

    Synonyms:
    frustrate, baffle, foil, balk, disconcert, disappoint

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defeatnoun

    Synonyms:
    repulse, overthrow, vanquishment, foil, rout, frustration, disappointment

  2. defeatverb

    Synonyms:
    conquer, vanquish, repulse, discomfit, rout, checkmate, outwit, balk, foil, frustrate

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How to use defeat in a sentence?

  1. President Donald Trump:

    We continue our relentless effort to defeat the Chinese virus.

  2. Teddy Riner:

    The goal is to win at the Olympics in Tokyo and to be extremely good on D-Day, this defeat is a failure but it will show me what I have to work on. It's also a relief because I had been under tremendous pressure to always win for 10 years.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The severe defeat and collapse of time and life define such a context that you receive nothing, except self-harming and self-disgrace; indeed, it is a task of fools and morally dead ones.

  4. Jonathan Levin:

    The public nature of the network does give law enforcement an angle to help defeat them, but it’s a game of cat and mouse.

  5. Lydia Child:

    A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.


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