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See definition of defeatism on Dictionary.com
  • as innegative attitude
  • as insubmission

synonyms for defeatism

  • chip on one's shoulder
  • cynicism
  • dim view
  • discouragement
  • expectation of the worst
  • gloomy outlook
  • hopelessness
  • lack of confidence
  • low spirits
  • negative thinking
  • negativism
  • pessimism
  • capitulation
  • resignation
  • acquiescence
  • appeasement
  • assent
  • bowing
  • deference
  • docility
  • humbleness
  • humility
  • malleability
  • meekness
  • nonresistance
  • obedience
  • passivism
  • passivity
  • prostration
  • servility
  • subjection
  • submissiveness
  • surrender
  • tractability
  • unassertiveness
  • yielding
  • backing down
  • cringing
  • giving-in
  • pliabilty
  • recreancy
  • submitting
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How to use defeatism in a sentence

It is a third way that avoids both complacency and defeatism, and we should wear the term with pride.
WHY I’M A PROUD SOLUTIONISTJASON CRAWFORDJULY 13, 2021MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
In 1970, Paul Ehrlich reinforced the defeatism, saying that in a few years “further efforts will be futile” and “you may as well look after yourself and your friends and enjoy what little time you have left.”
WHY I’M A PROUD SOLUTIONISTJASON CRAWFORDJULY 13, 2021MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
I worry there’s a sense of defeatism or giving up on the South, but this is simply not an option.
HERE’S WHO’S FACING A NIGHTMARE ‘VAXX SUMMER’PETER J. HOTEZJUNE 11, 2021THE DAILY BEAST
One of the troubles in dealing with any problem is routing defeatism and hopelessness.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SELF-HYPNOSISMELVIN POWERS
But not because of any anti-life attitude, or pessimism, or defeatism.
THE VICTORBRYCE WALTON
Some in our midst have sought to instill a feeling of fear and defeatism in the minds of the American people about this problem.
STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESSES OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELTFRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
To face the task of finding jobs faster than invention can take them away--is not defeatism.
STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESSES OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELTFRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
The army was demoralized and saturated with the defeatism preached by the Porazhentsi.
BOLSHEVISMJOHN SPARGO
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO DEFEATISM

  • chip on one's shoulder
  • cynicism
  • defeatism
  • dim view
  • discouragement
  • expectation of the worst
  • gloomy outlook
  • hopelessness
  • lack of confidence
  • low spirits
  • negative thinking
  • negativism
  • pessimism
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.