Synonyms of defeat


1. defeat, licking, ending, conclusion, finish, failure

usage: an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"

2. frustration, defeat, disappointment, letdown

usage: the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals


1. get the better of, overcome, defeat

usage: 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"

2. kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out, veto, blackball, negative

usage: thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"

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