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defeat

Law an annulment

Defeat

Appomattox Courthouse
scene of Lee’s surrender to Grant (1865). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 22]
Armada, Spanish
defeat by English fleet marked Spain’s decline and England’s rise as a world power (1588). [Eur. Hist.: EB, 1: 521–522]
Austerlitz
defeat of Austro-Russian coalition by Napoleon (1805). [Fr. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 23–24]
Bataan
Philippine peninsula where U.S. troops surrendered to Japanese (1942). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 245]
Battle of the Boyne
sealed Ireland’s fate as England’s vassal state (1690). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 39]
Battle of the Bulge
final, futile German WWII offensive (1944–1945). [Eur. Hist.: Hitler, 1148–1153, 1154–1155]
Caudine Forks
mountain pass where Romans were humiliatingly defeated by the Samnites. [Rom. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 186]
Culloden
consolidated English supremacy; broke clan system (1746). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 70]
Dien Bien Phu
Vietminh rout of French paved way for partition of Vietnam (1954). [Fr. Hist.: Van Doren, 541]
Gallipoli
poorly conceived and conducted battle ending in British disaster (1915). [Br. Hist.: Fuller, III, 240–261]
Little Bighorn
scene of General Ouster’s “last stand” (1876). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 274]
Pearl Harbor
Japan’s surprise attack destroys U.S. fleet (1941). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2089]
Pyrrhic victory
a too costly victory; “Another such victory and we are lost.” [Rom. Hist.: “Asculum I” in Eggenburger, 30–31]
Salt River
up which losing political parties travel to oblivion. [Am. Slang: LLEI, I: 312]
Sedan
decisive German defeat of French (1870). [Fr. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 225]
Stalingrad
German army succumbs to massive Soviet pincer movement (1942-1943). [Ger. Hist.: Fuller, III, 531–538]
Waterloo
British victory in Belgium signals end of Napoleon’s domination (1815). [Fr. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 266]
white flag
a sign of surrender. [Western Folklore: Misc.]
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He told himself that, despite his unprecedented suffering, he had never lost his greed for a victory, yet, he said, in a half-apologetic manner to his conscience, he could not but know that a defeat for the army this time might mean many favor- able things for him.
In a defeat there would be a roundabout vindication of himself.
If Sandy's music got to be too burdensome, some time, I would let a knight defeat me, on the chance that she would desert to him.
The Portuguese, who desired nothing more than to re-establish their reputation by revenging the affront put upon them by the late defeat, advised the Emperor to lay hold on the first opportunity of fighting.
Yet its defeat did not put an end to the hard times.
These two defeats had been very disastrous to organized labor.
We have fully concentrated forces of nearly seventy thousand men with which to attack and defeat the enemy should he cross the Lech.
The nervous irritation aroused by the appearance of Mack, the news of his defeat, and the thought of what lay before the Russian army found vent in anger at Zherkov's untimely jest.
I am sorry to record the fact that Jim was not only ashamed of his defeat but for a moment lost control of his temper.
All violent policy, as it is contrary to the natural and experienced course of human affairs, defeats itself.
It is because of her defeats that she is to me the lovely one.
The Mice thought that the cause of their frequent defeats was that they had no leaders set apart from the general army to command them, and that they were exposed to dangers from lack of discipline.