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 invincibility (audio) \ noun
invincibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce invincibleness (audio) \ noun
invincibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce invincibly (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 But the judge’s decision has sent a chill through the opioids supply chain, which suddenly felt less invincible. The Economist, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy," 16 Sep. 2019 Part of the secret of the movie’s interest is that Mr. Carman is not invincible or a former superstar. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: The Ring Is a Cage in Every Sense in ‘The Cage Fighter’," 1 Feb. 2018 Former Express-News business editor Charlotte-Anne Lucas remembered Konstam as a good friend who had a reputation as an invincible journalist. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Local journalists, book lovers celebrate life of groundbreaking San Antonio journalist," 9 Aug. 2019 Fast-forward a few months, though, and the lubber becomes an almost invincible warrior in shining bright — and toxic — armor: the lubber's colorful exoskeleton serves as a warning that says'I'm poisonous' to predators. Adriana Brasileiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Monster grasshoppers swarm Everglades," 19 July 2019 Enter Odysseus, who has brought to the island Neoptolemus, the young son of the late warrior Achilles, after it has been revealed that the disastrous, decade-long Trojan War can only be won with Philoctetes’ invincible bow. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At the Getty Villa, Sophocles gets wounded in Aaron Posner’s revamp of ‘Philoctetes’," 6 Sep. 2019 The invincible thought of Chairman Mao illuminates revolutionary art. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "Chairman Mao is making an appearance at the Hong Kong protests," 28 Aug. 2019 Those who once felt Mr. Trump was invincible are now worried because of the uncertainty in the economy. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Despite long odds, Republican Trump naysayers are seeing what the mood is in New Hampshire," 21 Aug. 2019 In other words: stop trying so damn hard to be invincible, and just be yourself. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "We've Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.," 8 Aug. 2019

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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

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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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