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vanquish

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verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish, ˈvan-\

Simple Definition of vanquish

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

Full Definition of vanquish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to overcome in battle :  subdue completely

  3. 2 :  to defeat in a conflict or contest

  4. 3 :  to gain mastery over (an emotion, passion, or temptation) <vanquish your fear>

van·quish·able play \-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

Synonym Discussion of vanquish

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of <Caesar conquered Gaul>. vanquish implies a complete overpowering <vanquished the enemy and ended the war>. defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals <the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas>. subdue implies a defeating and suppression <subdued the native tribes after years of fighting>. reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender <the city was reduced after a month-long siege>. overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle <overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks>. overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power <violently overthrew the old regime>.


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