His administration of that department left much to be desired, as he permitted the Socialists to conduct a defeatist propaganda which was largely responsible for Caporetto.
This isn't a defeatist attitude in Taurus's world.
Yet the consultation paper takes a very complacent if not defeatist line on such issues.
We can do something about it, and I can't understand why all the left has become so defeatist.
During the progress of the campaign he kept away from public affairs, although he assumed a Cassandra-like attitude in all his utterances, and his henchmen in the press were frankly defeatist."