rout

When you think about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, associate a rout with the agonizing defeat. A rout is the kind of humiliating loss that makes you wish you would have been injured in the first quarter so you could have avoided the outcome.

One way to remember the meaning of the word rout is to consider its similarity to the word riot, both suggesting a disastrous mess. One interesting thing about the word rout is that whether it's used as a noun or as a verb, it's spelled the same and implies a similar meaning. "The losing team suffers during a rout while the winning team actually routs them!" Whichever form you use, you're referring to a pretty devastating defeat.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: rout

1
nv
an overwhelming defeat
defeat disastrously
2
n
a disorderly crowd of people
3
v
dig with the snout
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: rout
1

n an overwhelming defeat

Type of:
defeat, licking
an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

v defeat disastrously

Synonyms:
spread-eagle, spreadeagle
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

v cause to flee

rout out the fighters from their caves”
Synonyms:
expel, rout out
Type of:
defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over
2

n a disorderly crowd of people

Synonyms:
mob, rabble
Types:
lynch mob
a mob that kills a person for some presumed offense without legal authority
Type of:
crowd
a large number of things or people considered together
3

v dig with the snout

Synonyms:
root, rootle
Type of:
cut into, delve, dig, turn over
turn up, loosen, or remove earth

v make a groove in

Synonyms:
gouge
Type of:
core out, hollow, hollow out
remove the interior of
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