defeatist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n defeatist someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions
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Usage

In literature:

His attitude struck me as defeatist.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
They, too, like the Socialist "defeatists," aimed to weaken and corrupt the morale of the army and to divide the nation.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
Quit being a defeatist.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
Maybe it was being defeatist, but he had to make sure that they had a way off this planet if the mission failed.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
But do you honestly think I could entertain such a defeatist notion for one instant?
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Jeremiah, the defeatist prophet, is mocked.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
But while the case is still in progress, the "defeatist" meets his fate from the pistol bullet of a fanatic.
"Romain Rolland" by Stefan Zweig
Maybe it was being defeatist, yet he had to make sure that they had a way off this planet if the mission failed.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
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In news:

Congress has been entangled in a war-funding debate that pits war "supporters" against antiwar "defeatists".
Afghan Envoy Assails Western Allies as Halfhearted, Defeatist .
Afghan Envoy Assails Western Allies as Halfhearted, Defeatist.
Afghan Envoy Assails Western Allies as Halfhearted , Defeatist.
We have adopted a passive, almost defeatist attitude in Europe.
We also should turn a deaf ear to the defeatists on the left who think America is to blame.
Rival Google may be nipping at its heels, but Microsoft wasn't flashing any defeatist signs Wednesday as it showcased its latest plans to help make living in the digital world safer, easier and more fun.
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In science:

Published comments suggest de Sitter considered Einstein’s ideas on this point somewhat speculative, while Einstein felt that de Sitter’s conservative attitude was a little defeatist.
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