invincible

adjective
in·​vin·​ci·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈvin(t)-sə-bəl \

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 \ noun
invincibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
invincibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​blē \ 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

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The list of Egyptian celebrities once believed to be invincible but who have fallen out of favor with el-Sissi's government is long. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Salah must tread carefully if he's to reform soccer in Egypt," 7 Sep. 2018 With its stock at an all-time high, the social media giant looks invincible. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is succeeding in spite of itself," 24 July 2018 Walker was once seen as the future of the Republican Party, the seemingly invincible conservative leader of a Midwestern state. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The race to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Democrats’ white whale, explained," 13 Aug. 2018 An endorsement from Oprah Winfrey and a sold-out, rockstar-style book tour are testaments to the penmanship of the invincible activist. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Michelle Obama's Memoir "Becoming" Is Already the Best-Selling Hardcover Book of 2018," 1 Dec. 2018 The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, which at one point seemed invincible, was cut from 400 employees down to a mere 25—a skeleton crew responsible for finishing The Walking Dead: The Final Season before the studio closes for good. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Telltale hit with major layoffs and THQ continues its buying spree," 21 Sep. 2018 Taylor Swift, pop’s megastar, may seem invincible: her latest album Reputation is a knowing mediation with a wink at her own fame, after all. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Taylor Swift Shares Her Worst Nightmare In an Interview with Rock Muse Pattie Boyd," 10 July 2018 Thank you for giving me the strength and courage to be invincible. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "This Harvard Law student took one of her finals while in labor last year. In May, she graduated," 5 June 2018 Thank you for giving me the strength and courage to be invincible. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Woman who went into labor during Harvard Law School final graduates," 5 June 2018

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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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The first known use of invincible was in the 15th century

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invincible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat or overcome

invincible

adjective
in·​vin·​ci·​ble | \ in-ˈvin-sə-bəl \

Kids Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat

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