Synonyms of defeat in English:

defeat


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verb

1‘the victorious army which defeated the Scots at Halidon Hill’

SYNONYMS

beat, conquer, win against, win a victory over, triumph over, prevail over, get the better of, best, worst, vanquish

rout, trounce, overcome, overpower, overthrow, overwhelm, crush, quash, bring someone to their knees

quell, subjugate, subdue, repulse

informal lick, thrash, hammer, whip, wipe the floor with, walk all over, give someone a hiding, take to the cleaners, blow out of the water, run rings around, run rings round, make mincemeat of, clobber, paste, pound, pulverize, crucify, murder, massacre, slaughter, demolish, drub, give someone a drubbing, cane, zap, flatten, turn inside out, tank, pwn

British informal stuff, marmalize

North American informal blow out, cream, shellac, skunk, slam

US informal own

ANTONYMS

lose to

2‘budgets should not be so complex that they defeat their purpose’

SYNONYMS

thwart, block, frustrate, prevent, foil, baulk, ruin, put a stop to, scotch, obviate, forestall, debar, snooker, derail

obstruct, impede, hinder, hamper, deter, discomfit

informal put the kibosh on, nip in the bud, put paid to, put the stopper on, do for, stymie

British informal scupper, put the mockers on, nobble

ANTONYMS

advance, assist

3‘the motion was defeated’

SYNONYMS

reject, overthrow, throw out, dismiss, outvote, spurn, rebuff, turn down

informal give the thumbs down

ANTONYMS

pass

4‘I managed to fit to the machine, but how to make it work defeats me’

SYNONYMS

baffle, puzzle, perplex, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, confuse, confound, frustrate, nonplus, throw

informal beat, flummox, discombobulate, faze, stump, fox, be all Greek to


noun

1‘a crippling defeat for the government’

SYNONYMS

loss, beating, conquest, conquering, besting, worsting, vanquishing, vanquishment, game, set, and match

rout, trouncing, overpowering, subjugation, subduing

reverse, debacle, downfall

informal thrashing, hiding, drubbing, licking, hammering, whipping, clobbering, pasting, pounding, pulverizing, massacre, slaughter, demolition, caning, flattening, pwnage

US informal ownage

ANTONYMS

victory

2‘the defeat of his plans’

SYNONYMS

failure, downfall, breakdown, collapse, ruin, lack of success, discomfiture, rejection, frustration, foundering, misfiring, overthrow, abortion, miscarriage

undoing, reverse

disappointment, setback

ANTONYMS

success