01. The French were [defeated] by the English on the Plains of Abraham in Canada's most important military battle.
02. Tennis star Bjorn Borg [defeated] John McEnroe in straight sets to win the cup at Wimbledon.
03. Napoleon's [defeat] at Waterloo was a major turning point in the history of Europe.
04. New Jersey [defeated] Dallas in 6 games to win the Stanley Cup.
05. After failing his test a second time, Timothy felt completely [defeated].
06. The proposal was [defeated] by a vote of 15 - 10.
07. His own lack of confidence [defeated] him in his attempt to win the game.
08. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that fear [defeats] more people than any other thing in the world.
09. There is an Arab proverb which states that an army of sheep led by a lion would [defeat] an army of lions led by a sheep.
10. Robert G. Ingersoll once said that the greatest test of courage on earth is to bear [defeat] without losing heart.
11. In the American Civil War, the forces of the North [defeated] those of the South.
12. In 1945, after the [defeat] of Nazi Germany, a Georgian soldier raised the Soviet red flag over the German Parliament, the Reichstag.
13. At the age of 16, Alexander the Great led his father's army in [defeating] an attack by foreign soldiers.
14. Scotland's William Wallace was [defeated] by the English army in 1298, and later executed in London.
15. In 1476, when the Swiss [defeated] the armies of Burgundy, they carried away huge amounts of treasure, including diamonds, silks and cash.
16. In February of 1971, the male voters of Liechtenstein [defeated] a referendum on giving women the right to vote.
17. At the battle of Puebla, Mexican troops [defeated] the French army despite being outnumbered, and having fewer weapons.

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  • defeat — de·feat vt [Anglo French defait, past participle of defaire to undo, defeat, from Old French deffaire desfaire, from de , prefix marking reversal of action + faire to do] 1 a: to render null third parties will defeat an attached but “unperfected” …   Law dictionary

  • Defeat — De*feat , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defeated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defeating}.] [From F. d[ e]fait, OF. desfait, p. p. ofe d[ e]faire, OF. desfaire, to undo; L. dis + facere to do. See {Feat}, {Fact}, and cf. {Disfashion}.] 1. To undo; to disfigure; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defeat — [n1] overthrow, beating ambush, annihilation, beating, blow, break, breakdown, check, collapse, conquest, count, debacle, defeasance, destruction, discomfiture, downthrow, drubbing*, embarrassment, extermination, failure, fall, insuccess,… …   New thesaurus

  • Defeat — De*feat , n. [Cf. F. d[ e]faite, fr. d[ e]faire. See {Defeat}, v.] 1. An undoing or annulling; destruction. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Frustration by rendering… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defeat — may be the opposite of victory Debellatio Surrender (military) usually follows a defeat Defeat, piece by a boy (pseudonym Chris Hughes Davis, real name unknown). See also Defeatism Failure List of military disasters …   Wikipedia

  • defeat — (v.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. defeter, from O.Fr. desfait, pp. of desfaire to undo, from V.L. *diffacere undo, destroy, from L. dis un , not (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + facere to do, perform (see FACTITIOUS (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • defeat — vb beat, *conquer, vanquish, lick, subdue, subjugate, reduce, overcome, surmount, overthrow, rout Analogous words: *frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk, circumvent, outwit deep rooted, Contrasted words: *yield, submit, capitulate, succumb, cave …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • defeat — ► VERB 1) win a victory over. 2) prevent from achieving an aim or prevent (an aim) from being achieved. 3) reject or block (a proposal or motion). ► NOUN ▪ an instance of defeating or the state of being defeated. ORIGIN Old French desfaire, from… …   English terms dictionary

  • defeat — [dē fēt′, difēt′] vt. [ME defeten < defet, disfigured, null and void < OFr desfait, pp. of desfaire, to undo < ML disfacere, to deface, ruin < L dis , from + facere, to DO1] 1. to win victory over; overcome; beat 2. to bring to… …   English World dictionary

  • defeat — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, comprehensive (esp. BrE), decisive, heavy, major, overwhelming, resounding, serious, stunning, total …   Collocations dictionary

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