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Definition of Defeat


  1. To undo; to disfigure; to destroy.
  2. To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.
  3. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.
  4. To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.
  5. An undoing or annulling; destruction.
  6. Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.
  7. An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory.

Defeat Quotations

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. - Robert Green Ingersoll
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert Green Ingersoll

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
Malcolm X

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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Defeat Translations

defeat in Afrikaans is verslaan
defeat in Danish is besejre, nederlag
defeat in Dutch is nederlaag
defeat in Finnish is voittaa
defeat in German is vernichten, besiegen, Niederlage
defeat in Italian is sconfitta, vincere
defeat in Latin is evinco, fundo
defeat in Norwegian is nederlag
defeat in Portuguese is derrota
defeat in Spanish is derrota, vencer
defeat in Swedish is nederlag
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