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Definition of Loss


  1. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.
  2. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.
  3. That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; -- opposed to gain or increase; as, the loss of liquor by leakage was considerable.
  4. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
  5. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
  6. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
  7. Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
  8. Destruction or diminution of value, if brought about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract (as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also, the sum paid or payable therefor; as, the losses of the company this year amount to a million of dollars.

Loss Quotations

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.
Walter Anderson

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

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

Anyone with a heart, with a family, has experienced loss. No one escapes unscathed. Every story of separation is different, but I think we all understand that basic, wrenching emotion that comes from saying goodbye, not knowing if we'll see that person again - or perhaps knowing that we won't.
Luanne Rice
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Loss Translations

loss in Afrikaans is verlies
loss in Danish is tab
loss in Dutch is nadeel, deficit, schade, strop
loss in German is verlieren, Verlust {m}, Ausfall {m}
loss in Italian is perdita, perdita
loss in Latin is detrimentum, perditio, amissio, damnum
loss in Norwegian is tap, savn
loss in Portuguese is perda
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