A Word A Day : Rout
Sunday, 13th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb & Noun )
Past and past participle : routed
Present participle : routing
3rd person present singular : routs
Pronunciation : ro-ut
1. A disorderly retreat or flight following defeat
2. An overwhelming defeat
3. A disorderly crowd of people
4. People of the lowest class
5. A public disturbance
6. A company, as of knights or wolves, that are in movement
7. To put to disorderly flight or retreat
8. To defeat overwhelmingly
is commonly defined as a chaotic and disorderly retreat or withdrawal of troops from a battlefield, resulting in the victory of the opposing party, or following defeat, a collapse of discipline, or poor morale.
A rout is also a synonym for an overwhelming defeat as well as a verb meaning to put to disorderly retreat
or to defeat utterly
and is often used in sports to describe a blowout.
Middle English route
from Old French, troop, defeat, from Vulgar Latin rupta
from feminine of Latin ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break.
beating, defeat, drubbing, overthrow, thrashing, vanquishment, beat, best, conquer, defeat, master, overcome
victory, lose, win
• Did the home team rout
the visiting team?
• This film is about the flock of starlings which Jasper had routed
with his gun.
• Scarcely had the battle begun when a great rout
overwhelmed the Mice who scampered off as fast as they could to their holes.
• He has the skills to rout
an opponent in conversation.
: Noun - Plural
Enjoy this list and then get around for preparing your own list of words. There is no better way of boosting your words power. The most effective way to build your vocabulary is described in the page on Word Power. Educational research has discovered that your I.Q. is intimately related to your Word Power. Take a standard Vocabulary test and then an intelligent test, the result in both will be substantially the same. The more extensive your vocabulary, the better your chances of success, other things being equal- success in attaining your educational goals, success in moving ahead in your business or professional career, success in achieving your intellectual potential.
A Word A Day Index
From Rout to HOME PAGE