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outwit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v outwit beat through cleverness and wit "I beat the traffic","She outfoxed her competitors"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Outwit The faculty of acquiring wisdom by observation and experience, or the wisdom so acquired; -- opposed to inwit.
    • Outwit To defeat or gain an advantage over by superior craft or cunning stratagems; as, the thief outwitted his pursuers and left the country undetected. "They did so much outwit and outwealth us !"
    • Outwit To surpass in wisdom, esp. in cunning.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • outwit To surpass in intelligence.
    • outwit To surpass in plots or stratagems; defeat or frustrate by superior ingenuity; prove too clever for.
    • n outwit The faculty of observation, or the knowledge gained by observation and experience: opposed to inwit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Outwit owt-wit′ to surpass in wit or ingenuity: to defeat by superior ingenuity
    • pr.p Outwit outwit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. outwit′ted
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Quotations

  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are.”
  • Minna Antrim
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    “Man forgives women anything save the wit to outwit him.”

Usage

In literature:

But she'll not outwit me.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
I have outwitted more than one man.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Hitherto Napoleon had completely outwitted his foes.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Trust a Jew to outwit the Devil!
"The Sorcery Club" by Elliott O'Donnell
We have completely outwitted Jefferson in all his schemes to provoke us to war.
"The Life and Correspondence of Sir Isaac Brock" by Ferdinand Brock Tupper
True, a boy had outwitted them; but they could not blame him, and they were sore puzzled as to what to do with him.
"Dutch Courage and Other Stories" by Jack London
But a woman outwitted him.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Jimmy saw that he had been outwitted.
"Jimmy, Lucy, and All" by Sophie May
No girl can outwit me.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
We must outwit these fellows, whoever they are.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
Overhead and in front the smoke swept in ever-increasing density, but once again the sailor had outwitted the Dyaks' manoeuvres.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
Nevertheless Miss Child determined to outwit him.
"Winnie Childs" by C. N. Williamson
It was steered a bewildering zigzag course to outwit the submarines.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
The landlord then saw that in his greed he had outwitted himself.
"The Evolution Of An English Town" by Gordon Home
But I outwitted them; I captured these and ran away.
"Idle Hour Stories" by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
But if she's as canny as she's bonny, I'll wager she'll outwit him before they have done.
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
You've outwitted the whole of 'em.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
Then, Satan, thou wilt be outwitted!
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
Lady Elizabeth had fairly outwitted her husband; but, as will presently be seen, she had not yet quite done with him.
"The Curious Case of Lady Purbeck" by Thomas Longueville
General Birdwood outwitted the Turks that time, as they did not fire a shot during the whole operation.
"Five Months at Anzac" by Joseph Lievesley Beeston
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In poetry:

Anhalt Dessau, bold and daring,
Anhalt Dessau wise and slow,
With a brain full of expedients,
To subdue or outwit the foe.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
Shall e'er Connecticut forget
What unto it we owe--
How Wadsworth coped with Andros' threat,
And tyranny, in council met,
Outwitted years ago?
"The Charter Oak" by Hattie Howard
And a health to the fair women, past recall,
That like birds astray through the heart's hall flitted;
To the lean devil Failure last of all,
And the lees in his beard for a fiend outwitted!
"Two Moods Of Failure" by Helen Gray Cone
In vain the talkative unite
In hopes of permanent delight—
The secret just committed,
Forgetting its important weight,
They drop through mere desire to prate,
And by themselves outwitted.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
"A scurvy rogue!" continued Quog.
'Twas easy to outwit the dog.
Altho', perhaps, I risked my life -
I've heard he's handy with a knife.
Ah, well, 'twas for my country's sake . . .
(Thanks; just one slice of currant cake.)"
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
But have faith that Time the Scourger will be even with the perjure,
When shall greener be the verdure upon Aspromonte's slope,
When the populations fitted to be wholly manumitted,
Shall be trampled nor outwitted, or by Emperor or Pope.
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Ways to Outwit the Body Clock.
Just when I thought I might have outwitted the pesky critters in our yard, they again prove me wrong.
Get to know the 16 new castaways (there's two returning former contestants yet to be announced) who'll try to outwit, outplay and outlast each other when the CBS series returns 8 pm Sept 14.
Hybrid streetlights use and outwit Mother Nature.
How to Outwit the World's Internet Censors.
Why do pathogens continue to outwit the sophisticated biosecurity systems put in place by the pork industry.
Jets and Lucas Outrun and Outwit Patriots.
The Galaxy outwitted Seattle on Sunday night by acting like a bunch of dummies.
Texas Brokerage Firm Outwits the Big Banks in a Mortgage-Related Deal, and Now It's War.
STOCKHOLM — A man convicted of smuggling in Sweden outwitted his jailers by sneaking in a friend to serve most of his yearlong sentence, prison officials said Friday.
The Student Outwits The Teacher.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man convicted of smuggling in Sweden outwitted his jailers by sneaking in a friend to serve most of his yearlong sentence, prison officials said Friday.
A man convicted of smuggling in Sweden outwitted his jailers by sneaking in a friend to serve most of his yearlong sentence, prison officials said Friday.
He looks fear in the face and outwits it.
Meet the hip geeks who outwitted Mitt Romney and the Republicans.
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In science:

He is, however, outwitted by Dido, who cuts the hide in thin stripes, which she joins to form a long string.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
More generally, one expects that some form of new physics beyond that Model will start to unravel at the LHC, such as supersymmetry but possibly something we actually never thought of since Mother Nature has this supreme knack for always outwitting us for She seems to never be using the same trick twice.
A Pedestrian Introduction to the Mathematical Concepts of Quantum Physics
For instance in a spam mail filter application, while the company providing the spam filter service works on filtering out spam mails, the spammers themselves try to outwit the system by adapting to how the spam detection software works.
Learning From An Optimization Viewpoint
In a sense there is a continuous game played between the company providing spam filtering service and the spammers where each one tries to outwit the other.
Learning From An Optimization Viewpoint
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