defeat vs frustration what difference

what is difference between defeat and frustration



  • IPA(key): /dɪˈfiːt/
  • Rhymes: -iːt

Etymology 1

From Middle English defeten, from Middle English defet (disfigured, past participle) and defet (defect, noun), see Etymology 2 below.


defeat (third-person singular simple present defeats, present participle defeating, simple past and past participle defeated)

  1. (transitive) To overcome in battle or contest.
    Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.
  2. (transitive) To reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
    • 1663, John Tillotson, The Wisdom of being Religious
      He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes.
    • 1879, Adolphus Ward, Chaucer, in English Men of Letters
      In one instance he defeated his own purpose.
  3. (transitive) To nullify
    • 1827, Henry Hallam, The Constitutional History of England
      The escheators [] defeated the right heir of his succession.
Derived terms
  • self-defeating
  • vanquish, overcome, beat
  • conquer (defeat and annex); rout, crush, cream (decisive); shutout, zilch (sports, to defeat without permitting any opposing score)
Related terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English defet, from French deffet, desfait, past participle of the verb desfaire (compare modern French défaire), from des- + faire.


defeat (countable and uncountable, plural defeats)

  1. The act or instance of being defeated, of being overcome or vanquished; a loss.
    Licking their wounds after a temporary defeat, they planned their next move.
  2. The act or instance of defeating, of overcoming, vanquishing.
    The inscription records her defeat of the country’s enemies in a costly war.
  3. Frustration (by prevention of success), stymieing; (law) nullification.
    • 1909, The Southern Reporter, page 250:
      … is subsequently issued to him, in accordance with his perfect equity thus acquired, by a legal fiction which the law creates for the protection, but not for the defeat, of his title.
    • 2008, Gene Porter, A Daughter of the Land, volume 1 (→ISBN), page 17:
      She could see no justice in being forced into a position that promised to end in further humiliation and defeat of her hopes.
  4. (obsolete) Destruction, ruin.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, scene 1:
      and made defeat of her virginity
  • victory


  • feated



From Latin frūstrātiō (disappointment), related to frūstrā (in vain). Morphologically frustrate +‎ -ion


  • (US) IPA(key): /fɹʌsˈtɹeɪ.ʃən/, /fɹəˈstɹeɪ.ʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


frustration (countable and uncountable, plural frustrations)

  1. The feeling of annoyance at impassibility from resistance
  2. The act of frustrating, or the state, or an instance of being frustrated
    1. (law) The state of contract that allows a party to back away from its contractual obligations due to (unforeseen) radical changes to the nature of the thing a party has been obligated to.
  3. A thing that frustrates
  4. Anger not directed at anything or anyone in particular




English frustration


frustration c (singular definite frustrationen, plural indefinite frustrationer)

  1. frustration (feeling)


Derived terms

  • frustrationstærskel
  • frustrere

See also

  • desperation


  • “frustration” in Den Danske Ordbog



From Latin frustratio.



frustration f (plural frustrations)

  1. frustration

Further reading

  • “frustration” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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