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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

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How to use defeat in a sentence?

  1. Christy Mathewson:

    You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.

  2. Dan Holler:

    We feel that it's a huge win that the charter's going to expire, now we need to make sure that Republican leadership in both the House and the Senate don't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  3. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    No one can live in defeat when he has prayed in faith.

  4. Condoleezza Rice:

    Democracy promotion is not Iraq and Afghanistan, we didn’t go to Iraq to bring democracy. We went to Iraq to defeat Saddam Hussein, who was a security threat.

  5. President Francois Hollande:

    I solemnly promise you all that France will do everything to defeat the army of fanatics who have committed these crimes, that she will act tirelessly to protect her children, the terrorists want to divide us, to oppose us, to pit us against one another. They will fail. They have the cult of death, we have the love of life.

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