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The high ruler shimmered on my back as I looked at myself

Then back at him, glaring at me with an intense face

that seared mine, and I could not fight his expression;

I surrendered, burying my face into the chest of Earth

whose green, soft arms embraced me

and whose turning, drifting oceans lapped at my defeated soul

as I lay there, feeling my foe's great laughter


I begged Earth to send me back to the beginning.

I bade it farewell and watched it commit filicide,

taking me under its seas,

feeling myself glide with a sacred serenity

that I recognized as the call of my true mother.

De*feat" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defeated; p. pr. & vb. n. Defeating.] [From F. d'efait, OF. desfait, p. p. ofe d'efaire, OF. desfaire, to undo; L. dis- + facere to do. See Feat, Fact, and cf. Disfashion.]


To undo; to disfigure; to destroy.


His unkindness may defeat my life. Shak.


To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.

He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes. Tillotson.

The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession. Hallam.

In one instance he defeated his own purpose. A. W. Ward.


To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.


To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.

Sharp reasons to defeat the law. Shak.

Syn. -- To baffle; disappoint; frustrate.


© Webster 1913.

De*feat", n. [Cf. F. d'efaite, fr. d'efaire. See Defeat, v.]


An undoing or annulling; destruction.


Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made. Shak.


Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.


An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory.


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