- 1A disorderly retreat of defeated troops: the retreat degenerated into a rout the army was in a state of demoralization verging on routMore example sentences
- We do not yet know whether different stages of a battle, such as the initial salvos, a fighting retreat and a rout, have different archaeological signatures.
- Their retreat had been a rout, and thousands of fleeing refugees, the elderly, women and children, had been slaughtered mercilessly.
- He turned, his numb and shaking legs turning his retreat into a disordered rout.
- 1.1A decisive defeat: the party lost more than half their seats in the routMore example sentences
- This Pacific division championship was followed by two decisive routs in the Canada West final four.
- Even while he was in the thick of the campaign, there were pointers to his party's rout in the 1991 General Election.
- Despite her electoral rout, the masses, seduced by her silken eloquence into believing that Dr Karunanidhi and his men had been witch hunting her, stood solidly behind her.
- 3British • archaic A large evening party or reception.More example sentences
- I intend to live to be a hundred, and to go to ten thousand routs and balls, and to play cards every night of my life till the year eighteen hundred [it is currently 1712].
- Especially when grand balls, I'm not even mentioning the more intimate routs or soirées, are held just weeks apart.
- Which of the various routs and balls and musicales would afford her the best chance to find a husband?
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- Defeat and cause to retreat in disorder: in a matter of minutes the attackers were routedMore example sentences
- The Federals, caught out of formation, were routed and were soon in retreat, abandoning their standards and hundreds of prisoners.
- In France, Henry unexpectedly routs a vastly superior French army at Agincourt and wins the heart of a French princess.
- He had excelled in every single mission that had been assigned to him, from routing bandits to training whole divisions of new recruits to aid in the war.
put to rout
- Put to flight; defeat utterly: I once put a gang to routMore example sentences
- I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life.
- This argument is soon put to rout by the assumption that if the remaining days of a centenarian are a mere repetition of yesterday, what delight can be derived from such a pitiable living?
- The Foundation wants to put to rout what it sees as anti-west bias on college campuses.
Middle English: ultimately based on Latin ruptus 'broken', from the verb rumpere; sense 1 and the verb (late 16th century) are from obsolete French route, probably from Italian rotta 'breakup of an army'; the other senses are via Anglo-Norman French rute.
- 2 another term for root2.
- 2.1Find (someone or something), or force them from a place: Simon routed him from the stableMore example sentences
- Weather looks like chance, but some think it's a malign force determined to rout them.
- To rout this pest, scientists at the labs from coast to coast are making the sharpshooter and the Xylella microbe the focus of ambitious new studies.
- As a matter of fact, he was completely baffled on how to rout a person that wields luck.