Simple Definition of vanquish
: to defeat (someone) completely in a war, battle, etc.
Full Definition of vanquish
1 : to overcome in battle : subdue completely
2 : to defeat in a conflict or contest
3 : to gain mastery over (an emotion, passion, or temptation) <vanquish your fear>
Examples of vanquish
They were vanquished in battle.
<vanquished nation after nation in his relentless conquest of Europe>
Origin of vanquish
Middle English venquishen, from Anglo-French venquis-, preterit stem of veintre to conquer, from Latin vincere — more at victor
First Known Use: 14th century
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