De*feat" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defeated; p. pr. & vb. n. Defeating.] [From F. d'efait, OF. desfait, p. p. ofe d'efaire, OF. desfaire, to undo; L. dis- + facere to do. See Feat, Fact, and cf. Disfashion.]

1.

To undo; to disfigure; to destroy.

[Obs.]

His unkindness may defeat my life. Shak.

2.

To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.

He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes. Tillotson.

The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession. Hallam.

In one instance he defeated his own purpose. A. W. Ward.

3.

To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.

4.

To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.

Sharp reasons to defeat the law. Shak.

Syn. -- To baffle; disappoint; frustrate.

 

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De*feat", n. [Cf. F. d'efaite, fr. d'efaire. See Defeat, v.]

1.

An undoing or annulling; destruction.

[Obs.]

Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made. Shak.

2.

Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.

3.

An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory.

 

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