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defeat

Definitions

  • Defeated Warrior
    Defeated Warrior
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v defeat 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"
    • v defeat thwart the passage of "kill a motion","he shot down the student's proposal"
    • n defeat an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest "it was a narrow defeat","the army's only defeat","they suffered a convincing licking"
    • n defeat the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Former President Cleveland defeated incumbent Benjamin Harrison in 1892, becoming the first (and, to date, only) chief executive to win non-consecutive terms to the White House.
    • Defeat An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory.
    • Defeat An undoing or annulling; destruction. "Upon whose property and most dear life
      A damned defeat was made."
    • Defeat Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.
    • Defeat To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.
    • Defeat 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.""The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession.""In one instance he defeated his own purpose."
    • Defeat To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault. "Sharp reasons to defeat the law."
    • Defeat To undo; to disfigure; to destroy. "His unkindness may defeat my life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fuzzy Zoeller defeated Tom Watson and Ed Sneed in the first sudden-death playoff at The Masters in 1979.
    • defeat To undo; do away with; deprive of vigor, prosperity, health, life, or value; ruin; destroy.
    • defeat [In the last extract there is perhaps an allusion to defeature, 2.]
    • defeat Specifically In law, to annul; render null and void: as, to defeat a title to an estate. See defeasance, 3.
    • defeat To deprive of something expected, desired, or striven for, by some antagonistic action or influence: applied to persons.
    • defeat To frustrate; prevent the success of; make of no effect; thwart: applied to things.
    • defeat To overcome in a contest of any kind, as a battle, fight, game, debate, competition, or election; vanquish; conquer; overthrow; rout; beat: as, to defeat an army; to defeat an opposing candidate; to defeat one's opponent at chess.
    • defeat Synonyms Beat, Overpower, Overwhelm, Defeat, Discomfit, Rout, Overthrow, conquer. Beat is a general, somewhat indefinite, but vigorous word, covering the others. Overpower and overwhelm are the least discreditable to the one that loses in the struggle; overpower is least permanent in its effects. To overpower is to overcome by superiority of strength or numbers, but the disadvantage may be changed by the arrival of reinforcements. To overwhelm is to bear down utterly, to sweep clear away by superior strength. Defeat is to overcome or get the better of in some kind of contest, and implies less discredit, but generally greater disaster, to the defeated party than beat: as, that army is considered beaten which withdraws from the field. Defeat implies a serious disadvantage, because it applies more often to large numbers engaged. Discomfit has fallen into comparative disuse, except in its secondary sense of foiling, etc.; in that it expresses a comparatively complete and mortifying defeat. Rout is to defeat and drive off the field in confusion. Overthrow is the most decisive and final of these words; it naturally applies only to great persons, concerns, armies, etc. See conquer.
    • n defeat An undoing; ruin; destruction.
    • n defeat In law, the act of annulling, or of rendering null and void; annulment: as, the defeat of a title.
    • n defeat The act of depriving a person of something expected, desired, or striven for, by some antagonistic action or influence.
    • n defeat The act or result of overcoming in a contest, viewed with reference to the person overcome; overthrow; vanquishment; rout: as, to inflict a severe defeat upon the enemy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mayonnaise is said to be the invention of the French chef of the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was defeating the British at Port Mahon, his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs. When the chef realized that there was no cream in the kitchen, he improvised, substituting olive oil for the cream. A new culinary masterpiece was born, and the chef named it "Mahonnaise" in honor of the Duke's victory.
    • v.t Defeat de-fēt′ to frustrate: to ruin
    • n Defeat a frustration of plans: ruin: overthrow, as of an army in battle
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.”
  • Dick Vermeil
    Dick Vermeil
    “If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.”
  • Maya Angelou
    Maya%20Angelou
    “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest%20Hemingway
    “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From F. défait, OF. desfait, p. p. ofe défaire, OF. desfaire, to undo; L. dis-, + facere, to do. See Feat Fact, and cf. Disfashion

Usage

In literature:

It helped him someway to bear the sting of his defeat.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
His forces were completely defeated, he himself made prisoner.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
But through the long years during which he maintained a hopeless struggle in Italy he was never defeated.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
Equally calm in success or in defeat, Turenne was always ready to prosecute the one, or to repair the other.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
He was defeated by the narrow majority of 128 against 107.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The Spanish general, Boves, defeated him at La Puerta, and took a terrible vengeance on the patriots.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
As a matter of fact, he confessed utter defeat.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
In the second week of September the Constitution of Mounier was defeated by the union of these forces.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The Turks were defeated and subjugated by the Tartars.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
The Administration was embarrassed in its financial policy, but not defeated.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
But he had too much sense to risk a second defeat, yet too little sense to bear his first defeat like a man.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
All attempts of this kind, however, had been defeated by the negative voice of the government of England.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
Richard Defeated and Slain at Bosworth.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
He had suffered defeats, but merely incidental defeats, the real test had not yet come.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
So we must await Charles, and defeat him when he comes.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Temujin was defeated and put to flight.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
The Belgians and French had been defeated by the Germans in the angle of the Sambre and Meuse.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The Russians advanced in sixteen waves and were mown down and defeated.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
But the Uzbeks, returning, defeated Babar at Kulmalik, and forced him to abandon those two cities.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
The Sikhs were defeated by the British in India, and much new territory came under British rule.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
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In poetry:

And soon the rising moon, that lights
The eve of my defeat,
Shall see me sitting as of yore
By my old master's feet.
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But from where my heart is set
No message I get;
My heart all wakes and grieves;
Defeat
Or luck, I must have my fill.
"Langue D'Oc" by Ezra Pound
All lost! but e'en defeat
Hath triumphs of her own,
Wrong's paean hath no note so sweet
As trampled Right's proud moan.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
And what is Art whereto we press
Through paint and prose and rhyme—
When Nature in her nakedness
Defeats us every time?
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
For there the "Grecian madman" met
Darius, Persia's king:
That prince sustained a foul defeat:
The Greeks of victory sing.
"Enigma XXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Oft did the battle seem severe,
Sometimes defeat seemed nigh,
But pride and love must persevere
When all our powers we try.
"My Room In Boyhood's Days" by Jared Barhite

In news:

A Horse That Enjoys the Spoils of Defeat.
Manhattan picked up its first postseason win since 2006 on Wednesday night, defeating Albany 89-79 in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Local attorney Traci DiMezza won both the Republican and Conservative nominations for City Court judge Thursday in primary voting, defeating current Judge John N Clo and attorney Matthew E Trainor.
City Court candidate Traci DiMezza secured the Republican and the Conservative lines with solid primary victories Thursday night, defeating two other candidates.
The St Cloud State men's basketball team defeated Valley City State 80-74 Monday night to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Last week, the state Senate defeated by an 18-6 margin a motion to pull HB444—a hotly contested piece of legislation that would have legalized same-sex civil union s statewide—onto the floor for a full vote.
Rashad Evans defeated Phil Davis easily Saturday night at United Center.
The Midgets (2-0) defeated Clarksburg 37-0.
Phelps defeated Lochte in a side-by-side duel in the 200-meter individual medley.
This year's contest is a rematch of the 2010 special US Senate election, when Manchin defeated Raese.
The Defeat by the Cleat .
(AP) — Papa Clem won the Arkansas Derby, holding off Old Fashioned in the stretch to hand the one-time Kentucky Derby favorite his second straight defeat at Oaklawn Park.
Wilson Reis defeated Abel Cullum in September, winning the Bantamweight World Championship Belt in Showtime's recently disbanded Elite XC Mixed Martial Arts League.
They had defeated Tampa Bay the previous day for their third straight victory to improve to 6-3.
The Altoona Curve scored two runs off Adrian Rosario in the bottom of the ninth inning and defeated the Binghamton Mets in walk-off fashion by a 3-2 score on Monday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
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In science:

Figure (b) shows the weakly selfreinforcing case α = 0.5, corresponding to the reality map of Figure 1(b): in this case, the ob jective bias also converges to the fixed point p = q = 1/2, albeit more slowly than in the self-defeating case of (a).
The Reality Game
This is true, for example, for the ob jective case q(p) = const and the self-defeating case q(p) = 1 − p. (See Table 1 and Figure 5(a)).
The Reality Game
To summarize, for self-defeating or purely ob jective reality maps γ = 1.
The Reality Game
For self-defeating or purely ob jective reality maps γ = 1.
The Reality Game
Filipenko M.L., Beilina A.G., Alekseyenko O.V., Dolgov V.V., Kudryavtseva N.N. Repeated experience of social defeats increases serotonin transporter and monoamine oxidase A mRNA levels in raphe nuclei of male mice.
Anxiety as a Factor in the Development of Autistic Spectrum Symptoms: an Experimental Study
An effort to concentrate the MACHOs in this region, however, is self-defeating in the models we explored.
Rotating Halos and the Microlensing MACHO Mass Estimate
On the other hand, negative answers are taken as evidence of the absence of a useful classification theorem for a given class; Kaplansky says “I believe their defeat is convincing evidence that no reasonable invariants exist” [15, p. 75].
The Kaplansky test problems for aleph_1-separable groups
The leptonic W decays W → ℓν (ℓ = e/µ) are used to defeat QCD background, with the neutrino inferred from missing momentum.
Tests of the Standard Model: W mass and WWZ Couplings
Unfortunately, the naive idea of quantum parallelism is defeated by the need to make a measurement at the end of the computation so that only one of the many parallel computations is available to the (classical) user.
Phase Information in Quantum Oracle Computing
However, if U −1 is not available then random phase angles defeat this scheme for quantum parallelism. A quantum computer can also make explicit use of the phase information provided by an oracle.
Phase Information in Quantum Oracle Computing
Subsequently, the defeat was “explained ” in various ways.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
The other extreme solution says p2 = 0, and is defeated by the same consideration.
Scaled Boolean Algebras
On the one hand, it is clear that increasing too much the number of stored moments not only defeats one of the motivations for this approach, which is to work with a limited memory, but also necessarily runs into the limits of reliability imposed by the statistical errors of the simulation.
Implementation of the histogram method for equilibrium statistical models using moments of a distribution
A Condorcet voting scheme chooses a winning candidate as one who defeats all others in pairwise ma jority rule.
Condorcet Winner Probabilities - A Statistical Perspective
Condorcet scheme, a candidate is chosen who defeats all others in pairwise ma jority rule.
Condorcet Winner Probabilities - A Statistical Perspective
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