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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Defeat as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

25 November 2021
Last seen in: The Daily Mail Quick

We found 37 answers for the crossword clue 'Defeat', the most recent of which was seen in the The Daily Mail Quick.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Defeat a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Defeat as an answer itself some 103 times.

Defeat is a single word clue made up of 6 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'The Daily Mail Quick' on Saturday, 23 October 2021 with the answer being BEAT, we also found BEAT to be the most popular answer for this clue.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • The feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
  • An unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
  • Thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"
  • Win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

Crossword Answers

3 Letters

A canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance; "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent"; "they had the big top up in less than an hour"

4 Letters

The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing

The supreme effort one can make; "they did their best"

(American football) a complete play to advance the football; "you have four downs to gain ten yards"

The destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile; "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"

Touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet"

The act of losing someone or something; "everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"

An overwhelming defeat

A quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object; "the whip raised a red welt"


5 Letters


Set, turn, or stand on end; "upend the box and empty the contents"

The weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of; "it was the worst he had ever done on a test"

6 Letters

A swimming kick used while treading water

7 Letters

To put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"

An act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"

The act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows

Turning in the opposite direction

Cost a certain amount; "My daughter's wedding set me back $20,000"

Censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

Thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"

8 Letters

Success in mastering something difficult; "the conquest of space"

Get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his shyness"

Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

Vote against; "The faculty turned thumbs down on the candidate for the Dean position"

The battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon

9 Letters

A chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

Overcome by superior force

The termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)

Charge someone with too many tasks

Shoot at and force to come down; "the enemy landed several of our aircraft"

11 Letters

An act of hindering someone's plans or efforts


12 Letters

Anxious embarrassment

14 Letters

Win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"


15 Letters


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