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. Rout can be used as either a noun or a verb: "The losing team suffered during a rout while the winning team routed them!" This word can also be used to refer to an unruly mob of people, like a disorderly rout of sports fans involved in a stampede onto the field.

Definitions of rout
  1. noun
    an overwhelming defeat
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    type of:
    defeat, licking
    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
  2. verb
    defeat disastrously
    synonyms: spread-eagle, spreadeagle
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    type of:
    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  3. verb
    cause to flee
    rout out the fighters from their caves”
    synonyms: expel, rout out
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    type of:
    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
  4. noun
    a disorderly crowd of people
    synonyms: mob, rabble
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    lynch mob
    a mob that kills a person for some presumed offense without legal authority
    type of:
    a large number of things or people considered together
  5. verb
    dig with the snout
    synonyms: root, rootle
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    type of:
    cut into, delve, dig, turn over
    turn up, loosen, or remove earth
  6. verb
    make a groove in
    synonyms: gouge
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    type of:
    core out, hollow, hollow out
    remove the interior of
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