Synonyms for defeatdɪˈfit
This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms and antonyms for the word defeat
an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
get the better of, overcome, defeat(verb)
win a victory over
kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out(verb)
thwart the passage of
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, defeat
English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald
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.
Beat with a stick over the head; beat by a trick; out of town; beat to the ground; into submission.
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