defeater

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Defeat \De*feat"\, noun [Cf. F. d['e]faite, fr. d['e]faire. See {Defeat}, v.]

1. An undoing or annulling; destruction. [Obs.]

Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made. --Shak.

2. Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.

3. An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to {victory}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Defeat \De*feat"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Defeated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defeating}.] [From F. d['e]fait, OF. desfait, p. p. ofe d['e]faire, OF. desfaire, to undo; L. dis- + facere to do. See {Feat}, {Fact}, and cf. {Disfashion}.]

1. To undo; to disfigure; to destroy. [Obs.]

His unkindness may defeat my life. --Shak.

2. To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.

He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes. --Tillotson.

The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession. --Hallam.

In one instance he defeated his own purpose. --A. W. Ward.

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.

Sharp reasons to defeat the law. --Shak.

Syn: To baffle; disappoint; frustrate.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

defeat

noun

1: an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking" [syn: {defeat}, {licking}] [ant: {triumph}, {victory}]

2: the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals [syn: {frustration}, {defeat}]

verb

1: win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up" [syn: {get the better of}, {overcome}, {defeat}]

2: thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal" [syn: {kill}, {shoot down}, {defeat}, {vote down}, {vote out}]


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