(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. thwart, frustrate, foil, outwit; rout, conquer, overcome, beat, vanquish, subdue, lick (inf.). —n. frustration, setback, loss, rout, vanquishment. See failure, success, confutation. Ant., surrender, resign.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A state of being worsted]
Syn. loss, failure, downfall, disappointment; see sense 2, disappointment 2 , failure 1 , loss 1 .
2. [Defeat in war]
Syn. repulse, reverse, rebuff, conquest, rout, overthrow, subjugation, subduing, vanquishment, destruction, breakdown, collapse, downfall, extermination, annihilation, crushing, check, trap, ambush, breakthrough, encirclement, withdrawal, pincer movement, setback, stalemate, ruin, blow, loss, fall, slaughter, butchery, massacre, debacle, Waterloo; see also sense 3; destruction 1 .
Ant. triumph*, victory*, conquest.
3. [Defeat in personal encounters and sport]
Syn. beating, whipping, thrashing, fall, count, drubbing, repulse, comedown, upset, frustration, checkmate, shutout, knockout, licking*, battering*, pasting*, trouncing*, walloping*, whaling*, thumping*, scalping*, trimming*, cropper*, black eye*, dud*, shellacking*, clobbering*, creaming*, slaughter*, massacre*, hiding*, whitewashing*, lacing*, KO*, no go*, the old one-two*; see also sense 2.
Ant. triumph*, victory*, success*.
1. [To get the better of another]
Syn. master, baffle, surmount, best, worst, undo, block, thwart, disconcert, frustrate, balk, spoil, nullify, neutralize, quell, subdue, overpower, crush, break, subjugate, vanquish, get the best of, triumph over, beat down, foil, outwit, puzzle, disappoint, contravene, circumvent, cross, checkmate, outargue, refute, outdo, overturn, rebut, expose, silence, overmatch, nonplus, counterplot, disprove, put an end to, invalidate, cast down, scatter to the winds, reduce to silence, be too much for, give the coup de gr?ce to, give a setback to, take the wind out of one's sails*, stump*, steamroller*, have by the short hairs*, lay by the heels*, cook one's goose*, put down*, euchre*; see also senses 2, 3; confute , win 1 .
Ant. yield*, give up, concede.
2. [To worst in war]
Syn. overcome, vanquish, conquer, rout, entrap, subdue, overrun, prevail over, overthrow, subjugate, crush, smash, drive off, discomfit, annihilate, overwhelm, scatter, repulse, halt, reduce, outflank, finish off, encircle, slaughter, butcher, outmaneuver, ambush, repel, demolish, parry, sack, bomb, torpedo, sink, shipwreck, drown, swamp, countermine, put to flight, split up, wipe out, decimate, obliterate, roll back, outgeneral, mop up*, chew up*, mow down*, trample in the dust*, trample under foot*, drive to the wall*; see also senses 1, 3; destroy 1 , ravage .
Ant. yield*, give up, surrender.
3. [To worst in sport or in personal combat]
Syn. beat, overpower, outplay, win, knock out, throw, floor, pummel, pound, flog, outhit, outrun, outjump, thrash, upset, edge out*, nose out*, shade*, lay low*, skin*, drub*, trim*, lick*, wallop*, trounce*, shellac*, whip*, cream*, clobber*, whomp*, zap*, clean up on*, beat up*, take*, KO*, scalp*, skin alive*, run roughshod over*, snooker*, put down*, take to the cleaners*, beat the socks off of*, beat the pants off of*, pulverize*, plow under*, smear*, massacre*, make mincemeat out of*, mop the floor with*, goose-egg*, hang a win on*, blank*, shut out*, skunk*, snow under*; see also senses 1, 2; beat 2 .
Ant. suffer*, be defeated, fail.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
loss, beating, rout, slaughter, debacle, blow, whipping, thrashing, *skunking, humiliation, knockout, licking, *Waterloo, reversal, *drubbing, fall, upset, downfall.
ANT.: win, victory, triumph
vanquish, beat, conquer, subdue, win over, overthrow, best, lick, whip, rout, slaughter, unseat, trounce, *smoke, prevail over, triumph over, *shellac, *skunk, *mop the floor with, humiliate, prostrate, dominate, eclipse, overshadow, tower over, *take the wind out of one's sails.
ANT.: lose, knuckle under, concede
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition: beat, best, conquer, master, overcome, prevail against (or over), rout, subdue, subjugate, surmount, triumph over, vanquish, worst. Informal: trim, whip. Slang: ace, lick. Idioms: carry (or win) the day, get (or have) the best of, get (or have) the better of, go someone one better. See WIN. 2. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose: baffle, balk, check, checkmate, foil, frustrate, stymie, thwart. Informal: cross, stump. Idiom: cut the ground from under. See ALLOW. II noun The act of defeating or the condition of being defeated: beating, drubbing, overthrow, rout, thrashing, vanquishment. Informal: massacre, trimming, whipping. Slang: dusting, licking. See WIN.

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