[ dih-fee-tist ]
/ dɪˈfi tɪst /


a person who surrenders easily or is subject to defeatism.
an advocate or follower of defeatism as a public policy.


marked by defeatism.

Nearby words

  1. defeasance,
  2. defease,
  3. defeasible,
  4. defeat,
  5. defeatism,
  6. defeature,
  7. defecate,
  8. defecation,
  9. defect,
  10. defectible

Origin of defeatist

1915–20; defeat + -ist, modeled on French défaitiste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for defeatist


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper