chĕck māte’, interjection and noun and transitive verb
(also mate, now more usually in chess but not in figurative sense).
(Announcement to opponent of) inextricable check of king at chess, final defeat at chess or in any enterprise;
(verb) defeat, frustrate.
If I allow the fact that I am a Negro to checkmate my will to do, now, I will inevitably form the habit of being defeated.
– Paul Williams, The Temptations
[Middle English chek mat(e) from Old French eschec mat (see CHECK¹) from Arabic shah mata “The king is dead.”]
Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi!
The King is dead; long live the king!