vanquish


van·quish

verb \ˈvaŋ-kwish, ˈvan-\

: to defeat (someone) completely in a war, battle, etc.

Full Definition of VANQUISH

transitive verb
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>
van·quish·able \-kwi-shə-bəl\ adjective
van·quish·er noun

Examples of VANQUISH

  1. They were vanquished in battle.
  2. <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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