What do you call the statement someone, or some organization/entity/group, makes when surrending - and when the surrender and/or the statement and/or the circumstances of making the statement are particularly humiliating?

Usage example: That's a bit tricky, since use may differ based on the proposed words or phrases

I was beside myself with indignation listening to the greek goernment's announcement it will accept the EU bailout condition despite the referedum results. It was an utter _______.

Edit: I would like something which sounds derogatory, the way you could, say, refer to a country's flag or to a newspaper as a "rag".

  • A bitter pill [to swallow].
    – stevesliva
    Nov 19, 2016 at 1:40
  • Can you add a sample sentence showing how you would like to use the word? Use ___ or [word] to show where it would go in the sample sentence. That will help people better understand what you're looking for, and keep your question from being closed as off-topic (single-word requests require this kind of sample question).
    – 1006a
    Nov 21, 2016 at 15:53
  • @1006a: The thing is, the usage example kind of presupposes I have the right word or phrase.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 21, 2016 at 16:11
  • Yes, that's the idea. You give us a sentence that shows how the right word would be used, assuming it exists. Otherwise, your question is likely to be closed.
    – 1006a
    Nov 21, 2016 at 16:14
  • @1006a: But I can't give you a single such sentence - it has to be something 4-5 if not more, and they would be mutually exclusive.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 21, 2016 at 16:21

4 Answers 4



1). To stop fighting an enemy or opponent: to admit that the enemy or opponent has won; and

2). To stop trying to fight or resist something: to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing. (M-W)

Wikipedia informs us that, "The fall of Singapore [1942] was the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history...[and] switched General Percival's reputation to that of an ineffective 'staff wallah', lacking ruthlessness and aggression...".

  • Not bad, not so bad... that sounds a bit derogatory. Not terribly, but it's something. I'll take it.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 19, 2016 at 15:43
  • Greetings from Tralfamadore! Nov 19, 2016 at 17:28
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    @einpoklum The derogatory bit gets worse if you realise that Gen. Percival was forced by his conquerors (Japanese army of 30,000) to lead his army of approx. 80,000 British & Commonwealth soldiers into captivity, walking ahead of his troops holding the Union flag side-by-side with the white flag of surrender. Nov 19, 2016 at 18:00
  • @RichardKayser Planet Earth calling Tralfamadore. Salutations! Nov 20, 2016 at 2:47

How about confession, admission, or disclosure?


confession: the act of telling people something that makes you embarrassed, ashamed, etc. [emphasis added]

admission: a statement or action by which someone admits a weakness, fault, etc. [emphasis added]

disclosure: the act of making something known : the act of disclosing something


The Congressman's confession OR admission OR disclosure of a sexting affair with a teenager was humiliating beyond belief for all involved.

Of these, confession best connotes a sense of humiliation, i.e., embarrassment or shame, although admission does this also, i.e., weakness or fault.

  • See my edit. I'm specifically interested in a derogatory term.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 19, 2016 at 15:43
  • @einpoklum Thanks. I saw that. Will have to go back to the drawing board. Nov 19, 2016 at 17:27

You should also consider subjugation (synonym subjection) and submission.


subjugation [Wordnet 3.0] NOUN

1. forced submission to control by others; [syn: subjugation, subjection]

submission [Wordnet 3.0] NOUN
2. the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another; [syn: submission, compliance]

  • The first does not describe the act of the surrendering party, and both are not derogatory.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 21, 2016 at 11:33
  • Those were as derogatory as I could find. I didn't see any words in the other answers more derogatory than these; did you? Nov 21, 2016 at 11:35

The formal document/s marking the surrender of one nation/army to another is known as the "instrument of surrender". It could be argued that all such surrenders are humiliating.

Historians have noted that in 1940 Hitler forced the surrendering French Third Republic to sign the armistice (in effect, a surrender) in the same railway carriage in the same forest in which Germany had surrendered (also nominally via an armistice) at the end of WWI.

An instrument of surrender is a surrendering document of a military conflict, >as those documents are legal instruments. Some such documents are:

World War II

>Japanese Instrument of Surrender
>German Instrument of Surrender
>Armistice between Italy and Allied armed forces


  • ... But this sounds so technical and neutral... it's not at all like how you would, say, refer to a flag or a newspaper as a "rag" etc.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 18, 2016 at 23:32
  • Instruments of surrender are certainly both technical and formal as well as humiliating. Referring to a newspaper as a rag is merely disparaging. Nov 18, 2016 at 23:37
  • @einpoklum - perhaps you should edit your question to specify that sort of thing including your example. Otherwise how are we supposed to know?
    – Jim
    Nov 19, 2016 at 1:49
  • railway carriage One of the two things not destroyed by the Germans at the Compiègne Forest site commemorating the German surrender. The carriage was taken to Berlin. The other item was the statue of Marshal Foch, who had accepted the German surrender. It was left to oversee the devastation.
    – deadrat
    Nov 19, 2016 at 2:58

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