Definition for DE-FEAT'

DE-FEAT', n. [Fr. defaite, from defaire, to undo; de and faire.]

  1. Overthrow; loss of battle; the check, rout, or destruction of an army by the victory of an enemy.
  2. Successful resistance; as, the defeat of an attack.
  3. Frustration; a rendering null and void; as, the defeat of a title.
  4. Frustration; prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.

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