defeatism defeatism  /dɪ ˈfi tɪ zəm/

Definition(s):

  • (n) acceptance of the inevitability of defeat

Usage(s):

  1. Defeatism faded, neutralism began to fade, because arms came into being; and the fading of defeatism made more arms possible.
  2. British academic Duncan McCargo counters such heartless defeatism with Tearing Apart the Land, an introduction to a scandalously underreported conflict.
  3. Reid's cynicism wasn't thought noteworthy, and his defeatism wasn't thought extraordinary.

News

  1. Williams has mental edge over rest of field at Wimbledon

    LONDON -- Serena Williams heads to Wimbledon to defend her title with seeds of doubt and defeatism already sown in the minds of her opponents.. The psychological scars of playing the younger Williams sister run deep in the women's game and, now that the American has dusted off the red
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Rockdale Citizen

  2. Williams has mental edge over rest at Wimbledon

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams heads to Wimbledon to defend her title with seeds of doubt and defeatism already sown in the minds of her opponents. The psychological scars of playing the younger Williams sister run deep in the women's game and, now that the American has dusted off the red clay from her shoes, predictions of an upset on southwest London's luscious lawns are few ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Tennis-Williams has mental edge over rest at Wimbledon

    By Toby Davis LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) - Serena Williams heads to Wimbledon to defend her title with seeds of doubt and defeatism already sown in the minds of her opponents. The psychological scars of playing the younger Williams sister run deep in the women's game and, now that the American has dusted off the red clay from her shoes, predictions of an upset on southwest London's luscious lawns ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "What's most troubling about Senator Reid's comments yesterday is his defeatism," Mr. Cheney said. "And the timetable legislation that he is now pursuing would guarantee defeat. Maybe it is a political calculation."
    on Apr 24, 2007 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source: New York Times

  2. Bush said he would continue to seek advice about Iraq from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress but also warned his critics: "Yet, there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success and defeatism that refuses to...
    on Feb 1, 2006 By: President Bush Source: BP News

  3. Barcelona president Joan Laporta added: "We are going to fight this defeatism that some people seem to want to instil in the club."
    on Apr 10, 2008 By: Joan Laporta Source: Sportinglife.com

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