American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Acceptance of or resignation to the prospect of defeat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. acceptance of the inevitability of defeat.
- n. acceptance of the inevitability of defeat
- Coined in France during World War I regarding certain opponents. (Wiktionary)
“Mr. Armstrong is particularly illuminating on decadence, which he defines as "defeatism before the consequences of defeat have been felt.”
“At any rate, America will not be forced to do much any time soon no matter how much comfort it would give some on the Left to think their defeatism is actually realism.”
“McCain was in New Hampshire to deliver a tough speech on Iraq, criticizing what he called defeatism, asking voters to give the surge a chance, asking them to give him one, too.”
“McCain was in New Hampshire to deliver a touch speech on Iraq, criticizing what he called defeatism, asking voters to give the surge a chance, asking them to give him one, too.”
“Criticizing what he called defeatism, he asked voters to give the surge a chance.”
“Her defeatism is a slap in the face of all Americans.”
“Such defeatism is akin to standing at the starting blocks of a race while loudly professing that you cannot win.”
“The taste of hatred and defeatism is delicious, yet the exhibition of pride and morale is repugnant.”
“It still does not change the fact that Vietnam-style defeatism is the defining characteristic of the War’s opponents.”
“In part, just as an observer, it is clear to me that there is still a strong stench of "defeatism" that lingers heavily in the air around much of the Arab Mideast -- a negativity that has been canonized in works of literature and has become deeply embedded in Arab public discourse, including commentary, mass media -- and even academic conferences, where more critical thinking should prevail.”
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