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Definition of rout:

  1. A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance; tumult.
  2. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people.
  3. A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with intent to do a thing which, if executed, would make them rioters, and actually making a motion toward the executing thereof.
  4. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party.
  5. A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a traveling company or throng.
  6. The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion; - said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces, and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of defeating and breaking up an army; as, the rout of the enemy was complete.
  7. To assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to collect in company.
  8. To break the ranks of, as troops, and put them to flight in disorder; to put to rout.
  9. To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly.
  10. To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow.
  11. To search or root in the ground, as a swine.

Synonyms:

reduce, elimination, down, force out, thrashing, confusion, expel, root, gouge, drum out, rouse, wring, smash, trimming, overmatch, gang, take root, settle, ragtag, hammering, steady down, worst, groove, ragtag and bobtail, beating, demolition, squeeze, revenge, thrash, riffraff, throw out, release, overmaster, eject, boot out, whipping, mob, spread eagle, rack, discomfit, kick out, syndicate, discharge, fall, oust, spreadeagle, exhaust, family, ring, knock out, rootle, put down, subjugate, rabble, massacre, crime syndicate, retreat, vanquishment, drubbing, licking, pack, loss, settle down, rout up, prevail over, dusting, rout out, drive out, extort.

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