When I'm talking about "losing a match", will it be okay to use "loss" to mean "defeat"? Like a team wins all the matches in a row and loses a match (but not in the end), will it be okay to use:

This loss shouldn't really affect them.

Or should it be:

This defeat shouldn't really affect them.

I guess only the second sentence sounds right. Am I right in thinking so?

  • Yes, "loss" is synonymous with "defeat". – Andrew Jun 30 '19 at 17:43
  • So is it natural @Andrew? – It's about English Jun 30 '19 at 17:48
  • I would use "loss" because "defeat" has a stronger connotation and the intent seems to be to minimize the feeling. – Ron Jensen - We are all Monica Jun 30 '19 at 17:56
  • Yes, it's natural, but which you use depends on the context. As @RonJensen says, "defeat" can sound stronger, and you might not want to make the other person feel bad about it. – Andrew Jun 30 '19 at 18:04

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