invincible

adjective
in·​vin·​ci·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈvin(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce invincible (audio) \

Definition of invincible

: incapable of being conquered, overcome, or subdued a seemingly invincible army

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Other Words from invincible

invincibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌvin(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ noun
invincibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ noun
invincibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ adverb

Invincible Has Latin Origins

The origins of invincible are easily subdued. The word derives, via Middle French, from Late Latin invincibilis—a combination of the negative prefix in- with vincibilis, an adjective meaning "conquerable," from the Latin verb vincere, "to conquer." Other descendants of vincere in English include convince, evince, vanquish, and even victor. Vincere also gave English vincible, meaning (unsurprisingly) "capable of being overcome or subdued," though it is significantly less common than invincible.

Examples of invincible in a Sentence

The loss proved that the team is not invincible. an invincible wrestler who has never lost a match
Recent Examples on the Web Alabama’s defense isn’t some kind of invincible force, so if the offense has a bad day things could get interesting. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Case for Notre Dame against Alabama can’t be ignored," 31 Dec. 2020 Some feel invincible, as tribes have survived devastating diseases such as smallpox and violent massacres. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: Unemployment benefits expire for millions of Americans; more infectious UK strain edges closer to US," 28 Dec. 2020 Pittsburgh is normally invincible at Heinz Field when up two scores. oregonlive, "Washington stuns Pittsburgh to end the Steelers’ unbeaten run: Recap, score, stats and more," 7 Dec. 2020 Pittsburgh is normally invincible at Heinz Field when up two scores. Will Graves, SFChronicle.com, "Steelers’ bid for unbeaten season ends as Alex Smith helps Washington pull upset," 7 Dec. 2020 For young adults who can feel invincible, the scales can tip toward celebrating, with students policing each other. Meleah Lyden, sun-sentinel.com, "Partying during pandemic: Florida college students complain about classmates packing bars, parties," 23 Oct. 2020 And in a scene envisioned by soccer historian Jimmy Burns in a 1996 biography, life in Argentina came to a halt as well, as fans mourned the loss of a champion alternately invincible and incorrigible — and ultimately inscrutable. Liz Clarke, Washington Post, "Diego Maradona, inscrutable soccer star and Argentine legend, dies at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 For young adults who can feel invincible, the scales can tip toward celebrating, with students policing each other. Meleah Lyden, sun-sentinel.com, "Partying during pandemic: Florida college students complain about classmates packing bars, parties," 23 Oct. 2020 Every team has their weaknesses within that; nobody is invincible by any stretch. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens film study: Yannick Ngakoue’s evolving role, Marquise Brown’s missed chances and more," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of invincible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for invincible

Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin invincibilis, from Latin in- + vincere to conquer — more at victor

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“Invincible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invincible. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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invincible

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English Language Learners Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat or overcome

invincible

adjective
in·​vin·​ci·​ble | \ in-ˈvin-sə-bəl How to pronounce invincible (audio) \

Kids Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat

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