Football Language: Comprehensive Defeat/Victory

Comprehensive Defeat/Victory

comprehensive

This is an adjective that can be used to describe a big defeat or victory – a comprehensive defeat or comprehensive victory. If we say that a team has had a comprehensive victory it means that they have easily won the game and that the opposition has had no chance at all. We can also use the adjective to describe a defeat – a comprehensive defeat is one where a team has lost heavily. If a team was comprehensively beaten it means that the team was outplayed in the defeat – it is the sense of being completely defeated. So, for example, in an earlier example you said that Chile had been comprehensively defeated by Ecuador in their World Cup qualifier.

  • Example: The team was comprehensively beaten in its first World Cup qualifier.

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