Origin of defeatist
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Unfortunately, this sort of defeatist measure was recently proposed in the House of Representatives.The Government is Still Failing Kids on School Lunches|Russell Saunders|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If anything is hopeless—and breeds hopelessness—it is this defeatist approach.
And the Republican candidates are indeed attacking him as defeatist and weak.
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.”
"You can't afford to get defeatist about this, Rod," Biddington went on.The Merchants of Venus|A. H. Phelps
Socialist and defeatist writers took advantage of this state of affairs.The Russian Turmoil|Anton Ivanovich Denikin
The pacifists and "defeatist" Socialists represented a minority.Bolshevism|John Spargo
But while the case is still in progress, the "defeatist" meets his fate from the pistol bullet of a fanatic.Romain Rolland|Stefan Zweig
Moreover, now that I had had time to meditate upon it, I was more than ever defeatist about this scheme of Jeeves's.Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse
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.