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defeat

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of defeat

  1. 1 failure to win a contest <sore losers still griping about their defeat in the basketball game earlier that week> Synonyms beating, drubbing, licking, loss, lump, overthrow, plastering, rout, shellacking, trimming, trouncing, whipping Related Words collapse, debacle (also débâcle), failure, fiasco, fizzle, flop, nonsuccess, setback, upset; lurch, shutout, washout, whitewash Near Antonyms accomplishment, achievement; blowout, cakewalk, landslide, romp, runaway, sweep, walkaway, walkover Antonyms success, triumph, victory, win

  2. 2 a falling short of one's goals <truly disheartened by the defeat of his plans to revitalize downtown> Synonyms collapse, crash, cropper, failure, fizzle, nonachievement, nonsuccessRelated Words futility, uselessness; ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficaciousness, inefficacy; deficiency, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency; disappointment, letdown, setbackNear Antonyms victory, winAntonyms accomplishment, achievement, success




defeat

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of defeat

  1. to achieve a victory over <they defeated their archrivals easily and moved into the next round of the play-offs> Synonyms best, conquer, beat, dispatch, do down [British], get, get around, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, stop, subdue, surmount, take, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worstRelated Words sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcendNear Antonyms fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash outAntonyms lose (to)





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