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Synonyms for defeat
dɪˈfit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defeat, licking(noun)

    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, defeat(verb)

    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, defeat(verb)

    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 out(verb)

    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

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. defeat(n)

    Synonyms:
    frustration, overthrow, discomfiture

    Antonyms:
    victory, triumph, success

  2. defeat(v)

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defeat(n.)

    Synonyms:
    overthrow, downfall, rout, discomfiture, repulse

  2. defeat(n.)

    Synonyms:
    frustration

  3. defeat(v. a.)

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

  4. defeat(v. a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defeat(n)

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

  2. defeat(v)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "defeat":

    beat, defeating, overcome, vanquish, failure, conquer, rout, defeated, invalidation, defeats, setback, thwart, frustrate, overcoming, loss, slaughter

How to pronounce defeat?

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Alex
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Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say defeat in sign language?

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How to use defeat in a sentence?

  1. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    If you cannot defeat your anger, then it will destroy you; when anger wins, you lose; no one befriends an angry person.

  2. Environmental Protection Agency:

    Only then did VW admit it had designed and installed a defeat device in these vehicles in the form of a sophisticated software algorithm that detected when a vehicle was undergoing emissions testing.

  3. Abu Mohammed:

    It is only a matter of months till we win, thanks to the Russian support with their airstrikes flown from the Syrian airfield, which will defeat the rebels once and for all.

  4. Denis Watley:

    Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

  5. Supreme Court:

    This was a huge victory for the Louisiana clinic, or at least a huge defeat averted, but the chief justice's opinion is a chilling sign for the future of abortion rights.


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