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[dih-fee-tist] /dɪˈfi tɪst/
a person who surrenders easily or is subject to defeatism.
an advocate or follower of defeatism as a public policy.
marked by defeatism.
Origin of defeatist
1915-20; defeat + -ist, modeled on French défaitiste Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for defeatist
  • The former reflect a pale, minority, defeatist world view.
  • Quite a few state politicians are hopping mad at such defeatist talk.
  • Affected companies are defeatist about seeking the protection of the courts.
  • No politician enjoys the popular fixation, expressed in defeatist terminology, with currency decline.
  • Great article, even if a bit defeatist, as others noted.
  • More importantly, it's a backwards looking defeatist remedy.
  • Many of them look forward to it, and many more are fatalistic and hence defeatist about it.
  • Too defeatist and they've had too many generic persons of the year recently.
  • It is also echoed by the defeatist factions on the far left and the far right in this country.
  • Anyone after an air raid who was caught uttering defeatist words was strung up on a lamppost on the spot.
Word Origin and History for defeatist

1918, adjective and noun, in reference to pacifists and political opposition in Britain, from French défaitiste, which was used there in reference to the Russians who sought to end their war with Germany; see defeat (n.) + -ist. Their opposition, in the original Russian context, were called defensists.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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