And the Republican candidates are indeed attacking him as defeatist and weak.
If anything is hopeless—and breeds hopelessness—it is this defeatist approach.
I will take her any day over the “educated class,” the bureaucratic mollusks and the defeatist sad sacks in Washington.
In fact, he routinely refers to the traditional Muslim clergy as “imams of infidelity,” “defeatist imams,” or “hypocrite imams.”
Unfortunately, this sort of defeatist measure was recently proposed in the House of Representatives.
Socialist and defeatist writers took advantage of this state of affairs.
"You can't afford to get defeatist about this, Rod," Biddington went on.
But while the case is still in progress, the "defeatist" meets his fate from the pistol bullet of a fanatic.
The pacifists and "defeatist" Socialists represented a minority.
But do you honestly think I could entertain such a defeatist notion for one instant?
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.