1. [syn: defeated, disappointed, discomfited, foiled, frustrated, thwarted]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Foil \Foil\ (foil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Foiled (foild); p. pr.
& vb. n. Foiling.] [F. fouler to tread or trample under
one's feet, to press, oppress. See Full, v. t.]
1. To tread under foot; to trample.
King Richard . . . caused the ensigns of Leopold to
be pulled down and foiled under foot. --Knoless.
Whom he did all to pieces breake and foyle,
In filthy durt, and left so in the loathely soyle.
2. To render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to
baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
And by ? mortal man at length am foiled. --Dryden.
Her long locks that foil the painter's power.
3. To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: disappointingly unsuccessful; "disappointed expectations
and thwarted ambitions"; "their foiled attempt to capture
Calais"; "many frustrated poets end as pipe-smoking
teachers"; "his best efforts were thwarted" [syn:
defeated, disappointed, discomfited, foiled,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "foiled":
baffled, balked, betrayed, bilked, blasted, blighted, chapfallen,
crestfallen, crossed, crushed, dashed, defeated, disappointed,
dished, disillusioned, dissatisfied, frustrated, ill done-by,
ill-served, let down, out of countenance, regretful,
sorely disappointed, soured, thwarted