defeatism

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French défaitisme, coined in 1915 by Russian writer Grigorij Aleksinskij as a translation of Russian пораженчество ‎(poraženčestvo), also coined by him as a derivation of порази́ть ‎(porazítʹ, to strike, defeat). Surface analysis: defeat +‎ -ism.

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defeatism ‎(usually uncountable, plural defeatisms)

  1. Acceptance of defeat without struggle.
    Objective assessment is good but defeatism will reduce our potentials even when the prospects for victory have never been nearer.

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