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English word defeat comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) des- (De-; dis-.), Old French (842-ca. 1400) faire (To do.).

Defeat etymology ?

Defeat detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
des- Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) De-; dis-.
faire Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To do.
desfaire Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To defeat. To undo.
desfait Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
defeat English (eng) (transitive) To nullify. (transitive) To overcome in battle or contest.. (transitive) To reduce, to nothing, the strength of. The act of defeating or being defeated.

Words with the same origin as defeat

Descendants of des-
debris delay demented deploy despair dessert detour disable disagree disagreement disappear disarm discharge disconnect disguise disgust dishonor dislike display disregard disrespect disrespectful distribution ploy
Descendants of faire
affair fair