Definitions for defeatist

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•feat•ismdɪˈfi tɪz əm(n.)

  1. the attitude of a person who is resigned to defeat.

Origin of defeatism:

1915–20; < F défaitisme

de•feat′ist(n.; adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defeatist, negativist(noun)

    someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions


  1. defeatist(Noun)

    someone who advocates defeatism, or has such an attitude

  2. defeatist(Adjective)

    of, or relating to defeatism

Translations for defeatist

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of) a person who gives up too easily and is too easily discouraged

She is such a defeatist; She has a defeatist attitude to life.

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