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Synonyms of defeat in English:


  • 1 the army that defeated the rebels
    beat, conquer, win against, triumph over, get the better of, vanquish;
    informal lick, thrash, whip, wipe the floor with, make mincemeat of, clobber, slaughter, demolish, cream, skunk, nose out
  • 2 these complex plans defeat their purpose
    thwart, frustrate, foil, ruin, scotch, debar, derail;
    informal put the kibosh on, stymie, scuttle
  • 3 the motion was defeated
    reject, overthrow, throw out, dismiss, outvote, turn down
    informal give the thumbs down
  • 4 how to make it work defeats me
    informal beat, flummox, faze, stump
  • noun

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  • 1 a crippling defeat
    loss, conquest, vanquishment;
    rout, trouncing;
    informal thrashing, hiding, drubbing, licking, pasting, massacre, slaughter, beatdown
    [Antonyms] victory
  • 2 the defeat of his plans
    failure, downfall, collapse, ruin;
    rejection, frustration, abortion, miscarriage;
    undoing, reverse
    [Antonyms] success
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