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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 of defeat beating, drubbing, licking, loss, lump, overthrow, plastering, rout, shellacking, trimming, trouncing, whipping Words Related to defeat collapse, debacle (also débâcle), failure, fiasco, fizzle, flop, nonsuccess, setback, upset; lurch, shutout, washout, whitewash Near Antonyms of defeat accomplishment, achievement; blowout, cakewalk, landslide, romp, runaway, sweep, walkaway, walkover Antonyms of defeat 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 of defeat collapse, crash, cropper, failure, fizzle, nonachievement, nonsuccessWords Related to defeat futility, uselessness; ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficaciousness, inefficacy; deficiency, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency; disappointment, letdown, setbackNear Antonyms of defeat victory, winAntonyms of defeat 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 of defeat 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), worstWords Related to defeat 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 of defeat fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash outAntonyms of defeat lose (to)

Synonym Discussion of defeat

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of.
    • Caesar conquered Gaul
vanquish implies a complete overpowering.
    • vanquished the enemy and ended the war
defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals.
    • the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas
subdue implies a defeating and suppression.
    • subdued the native tribes after years of fighting
reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender.
    • the city was reduced after a month-long siege
overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle.
    • overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks
overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power.
    • violently overthrew the old regime


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