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A defeat in a game or competition - thesaurus

Synonyms

defeat

noun

failure to win a competition or to succeed in doing something

rout

noun

a complete defeat of an opponent in a battle, competition, or election

beating

noun

a bad defeat in a game, competition, or election

fall

noun

someone’s defeat or loss of power

massacre

noun

informal a serious defeat in a game or competition

elimination

noun

defeat in a competition

revenge

noun

the defeat of an opponent or team that previously defeated you in a sports event

drubbing

noun

informal a defeat in which someone loses very easily

licking

noun

informal an occasion when someone is easily defeated in a game or competition

demolition

noun

informal an easy defeat in a game or competition

pwnage

noun

very informal the act or fact of being defeated very easily and completely, especially in a computer game

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a winning/losing streak

a series of wins/losses following one after another in a game or sport

demolition job

noun

Britishinformal a complete and easy defeat

hammering

noun

informal an occasion when someone is defeated easily

hiding

noun

a heavy defeat in a game or competition

pasting

noun

Britishinformal a severe defeat, especially in a game

scalp

noun

informal someone who you have defeated or punished

smackdown

noun

a defeat or reprimand that makes someone feel embarrassed and ashamed

whipping

noun

informal a defeat in a game or competition

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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