evinced; evincing

transitive verb

: to constitute outward evidence of
: to display clearly : reveal
evincible adjective

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A good explanation evinces a willingness to report facts, and we aim to do just that here. To evince something is to show it clearly; the thing evinced is typically an intangible, such as an attitude or intent. Before the current use of evince was established in the late 18th century, the word could mean "to conquer or subdue" and "to convince or conclusively refute," both meanings evincing a link to the word's Latin ancestry: the verb evincere, means "to vanquish" or "to win a point." It comes from another Latin verb, vincere, meaning "to conquer." That word counts among its offspring convince, invincible, vanquish, and victory.

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show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent.

show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words.

careful not to show his true feelings

manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation.

manifested musical ability at an early age

evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something.

a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service

evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs.

evinced not the slightest fear

demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling.

demonstrated their approval by loud applause

Examples of evince in a Sentence

She evinced an interest in art at an early age.
Recent Examples on the Web On May 10, the gallery will celebrate its bicentenary and evince its evolution into a contemporary model for what a museum can offer the public—even with a traditional collection. Anne Wallentine, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 May 2024 The passengers have shed their INAUGURAL CRUISE T-shirts and are now starting to evince political opinions. Gary Shteyngart, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 Beijing’s efforts to supplant the U.S. in the Middle East — as evinced by its efforts to broker a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia in 2023 — are materially advanced by Hamas’s terrorism. Noah Rothman, National Review, 18 Mar. 2024 The strategic risk is that such strikes don’t go to the source of the problem and that Khamenei and the hard-liner factions will perceive American action as evincing a strategic weakness veiled behind 2,000-pound bombs. Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 30 Jan. 2024 The founders evince none of the open hostility to the music business that characterized, say, Napster before the lawsuits that destroyed it. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2024 In an effort to evince a more neutral position that had greater sympathy for the Palestinians, amid domestic pro-Palestinian political uproar, U.S. officials for weeks sought to put forward a resolution that prioritized a cease-fire. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 At worst, these failures evince a deliberate effort to protect a loyalist insider and cover up her wrongdoing. Michael McCaul, National Review, 7 Feb. 2024 Rivera raises a flag for an entire community in the scene: a Latina actress playing a character both soft and tough, moving in unison with a Black dancer and a White dancer and all evincing the same artistry, and hope. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Latin evincere to vanquish, win a point, from e- + vincere to conquer — more at victor

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of evince was in 1777


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“Evince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evince. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


evinced; evincing
: to give evidence of : show clearly
evinced an interest in music at an early age

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