(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Failure to keep
Nouns — loss; perdition; forfeiture, forfeit, lapse, detriment, privation, bereavement, deprivation, dispossession, riddance, waste, dissipation, expenditure, leakage; brain drain; destruction. See nonexistence, dejection.
Verbs — lose; incur or meet with a loss; miss, mislay, let slip, allow to slip through the fingers; forfeit, get rid of, waste, dissipate, squander; write or charge off. Slang, lose one's shirt, drop a bundle, take a bath.
1. losing, not having; shorn, deprived, rid or quit of, denuded, bereaved, bereft, minus, cut off, dispossessed, out of pocket.
2. lost, long-lost; dissipated, wasted, forfeited, missing, gone, irretrievable, destroyed, off one's hands.
Phrases — a fool and his money are soon parted; finders keepers [losers weepers]; one man's loss is another man's gain; you cannot lose what you have never had.
Quotations — In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part (Alexander Pope), All, all are gone, the old familiar faces (Charles Lamb), Where have all the flowers gone? (Pete Seeger), Nothing hurts worse than the loss of money (Livy).
Antonyms, see acquisition.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act or fact of losing]
Syn. ruin, destruction, perdition, mishap, misfortune, forfeiture, giving up, bereavement, ill fortune, misadventure, ill luck, accident, calamity, trouble, disaster, death, sacrifice, catastrophe, cataclysm, trial, failure, misplacing, mislaying.
2. [Damage suffered by loss, sense 1]
Syn. hurt, injury, wound; see damage 1 , 2 .
3. [The result of unprofitable activity]
Syn. privation, want, bereavement, deprivation, need, destitution, being without, lack, waste, deterioration, impairment, degeneration, retrogression, retardation, decline, disadvantage, wreck, wreckage, extermination, eradication, extinction, undoing, dissolution, annihilation, extirpation, perdition, bane, end, undoing, disorganization, breaking up, immolation, suppression, relapse; see also bankruptcy .
Ant. advantage*, advancement, supply.
at a loss,
Syn. confused, puzzled, unsure, at sea; see undecided , doubtful 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. cost debit, deficit, debt, forfeiture.
see defeat
3. damage deprivation, detriment, disadvantage, harm, injury, impairment, privation, misfortune, destruction, removal.
ANT.: 1. profit, gain, surplus. 2. win, gain, return
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act or an instance of losing something: losing, misplacement. See GET. 2. The condition of being deprived of what one once had or ought to have: depnval, deprivation, dispossession, divestiture, privation. See GIVE, RICH.

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