Definition of Defeatism

1. Noun. Acceptance of the inevitability of defeat.

Generic synonyms: Resignation, Surrender
Derivative terms: Defeatist



Definition of Defeatism

1. Noun. Acceptance of defeat without struggle. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Defeatism

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Defeatism

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defeatism (current term)
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Literary usage of Defeatism

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1. Editorials from The Washington Post, 1917-1920 by Ira Elbert Bennett (1921)
"A Spokesman for defeatism WE HAVE been expecting some one prominent on the allied side ... This spokesman for disintegration and defeatism has now appeared. ..."

2. Americanism: Woodrow Wilson's Speeches on the War--why He Made Them and what by Woodrow Wilson, Oliver Marble Gale (1918)
"... "defeatism" and treason, which had been widely exposed. Men then prominent in French affairs have since been brought to trial. ..."

3. A Brief History of the Great War by Carlton Joseph Huntley Hayes (1920)
"Neither Malvy nor Ribot took any steps to counteract or destroy the propaganda of defeatism, which grew steadily throughout the summer of 1917. ..."

4. New Words Self-defined by Charles Alphonso Smith (1919)
"defeatism The French Army was still heroic and undaunted, but defeatism had ... He handled treason and defeatism by means of prison and a firing squad. ..."

5. The New Larned History for Ready Reference, Reading and Research: The Actual by Josephus Nelson Larned, Augustus Hunt Shearer (1922)
"... FRANCE: 1918: defeatism. BOLOGNA: Origin of the city.—On the final conquest of the Boian Gauls in North Italy, a new Roman colony and frontier fortress ..."

6. Bolshevism: The Enemy of Political and Industrial Democracy by John Spargo (1919)
"The opposition to Plechanov on the part of some of the delegates was an evidence of the extent to which disaffection, defeatism, and the readiness to make ..."

7. Sea-Changes: American foreign policy in a world transformed by Nicholas X. Rizopoulos (1990)
"The danger in this determinist notion is that it reinforces a harmful mood of defeatism in the face of social and political problems-like the US budget ..."

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