noun or adjective see defeatism

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  • defeatist — [dē fēt′ist, di fēt′ist] n. [Fr défaitiste] a person who too readily accepts or expects defeat adj. of or characteristic of a defeatist defeatism n …   English World dictionary

  • defeatist — index cynical, despondent, pessimistic, resigned Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • defeatist — 1918, adj. and n., in reference to pacifists and political opposition in Britain, from Fr. défaitiste, which was used there in reference to the Russians who sought to end their war with Germany; see DEFEAT (Cf. defeat) + IST (Cf. ist). Their… …   Etymology dictionary

  • defeatist — ► NOUN ▪ a person who gives in to failure too readily. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing ready acceptance of failure. DERIVATIVES defeatism noun …   English terms dictionary

  • defeatist — [[t]dɪfi͟ːtɪst[/t]] defeatists N COUNT A defeatist is someone who thinks or talks in a way that suggests that they expect to be unsuccessful. ADJ GRADED Defeatist is also an adjective. There is no point going out there with a defeatist attitude …   English dictionary

  • defeatist — de|feat|ist [dıˈfi:tıst] n someone who believes that they will not succeed >defeatist adj ▪ a defeatist attitude >defeatism n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defeatist — noun (C) someone who believes that they will not succeed defeatist adjective: a defeatist attitude defeatism noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • defeatist — I UK [dɪˈfiːtɪst] / US [dɪˈfɪtɪst] adjective behaving in a way that shows that you think you will fail II UK [dɪˈfiːtɪst] / US [dɪˈfɪtɪst] noun [countable] Word forms defeatist : singular defeatist plural defeatists someone who always thinks that …   English dictionary

  • defeatist — de|feat|ist1 [ dı fitıst ] adjective behaving in a way that shows you think you will fail defeatist de|feat|ist 2 [ dı fitıst ] noun count someone who always thinks they will fail …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • defeatist — 1. adjective a defeatist attitude Syn: pessimistic, fatalistic, negative, cynical, despondent, despairing, hopeless, bleak, gloomy Ant: optimistic 2. noun Syn: pessimist, fatalist, cynic, prophet of doom …   Thesaurus of popular words

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