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King James Dictionary [1]

Defeat, n.

1. Overthrow loss of battle the check, rout, or destruction of an army by the victory of an enemy. 2. Successful resistance as the defeat of an attack. 3. Frustration a rendering null and void as the defeat of a title. 4. Frustration prevention of success as the defeat of a plan or design.


1. To overcome or vanquish, as an army to check, disperse or ruin by victory to overthrow applies to an army, or a division of troops to a fleet, or to a commander.

The English army defeated the French on the plains of Abraham. Gen. Wolf defeated Montcalm. The French defeated the Austrians at Marengo.

2. To frustrate to prevent the success of to disappoint.

Then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel. 2Sam. Xv. And 17

We say, our dearest hopes are often defeated.

3. To render null and void as, to defeat a title or an estate. 4. To resist with success as, to defeat an attempt or assault.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( v.) Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.

(2): ( v.) An undoing or annulling; destruction.

(3): ( v. t.) To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.

(4): ( v. t.) To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.

(5): ( v. t.) To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.

(6): ( v.) An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; - opposed to victory.

(7): ( v. t.) To undo; to disfigure; to destroy.