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 By design, the hounding, persistent and invincible enemies that fans have grown to love running from leaves players, yet again, similarly feeling one thing: powerless. Powerless to fight — and win. Los Angeles Times, "‘Resident Evil’s’ iconic ‘stalkers’ return sharper and scarier on next-generation consoles," 6 May 2021 Last time out, Essential Quality didn’t look so invincible but still won, beating Highly Motivated by a neck in the Blue Grass Stakes. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Kentucky Derby 2021: Meet the contenders and watch them run," 26 Apr. 2021 The party has shifted leftward, but the first special election for a congressional seat since Joe Biden was elected shows that progressives aren’t invincible and there’s no need for the party to follow them off an electoral cliff. John Fund, National Review, "Louisiana Special Election: The Progressive Juggernaut Goes Off the Rails," 25 Apr. 2021 Taslim was so into his character for the finale that the actor struggled mentally as the once invincible baddie Sub-Zero faltered. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Why 'Mortal Kombat's ending brings hope for Johnny Cage, tears for villain Sub-Zero (spoilers!)," 24 Apr. 2021 Mal’s commander explains that, over the years, the Grisha have turned out to be far less invincible than their powers would suggest. Nick Schager, EW.com, "Shadow and Bone binge-watch recap: Episodes 1-8," 23 Apr. 2021 None of the aforementioned three are invincible, and the Celtics have enough frontline talent — when playing well — to be competitive. BostonGlobe.com, "Today’s a day where Passive Danny Ainge must act to better Celtics," 24 Mar. 2021 But these breakthrough cases, though quite rare, are a sharp reminder that vaccinated people are not invincible, especially when the virus continues to circulate widely. New York Times, "Vaccinated People Can Get Covid, but It’s Most Likely Very Rare," 23 Mar. 2021 Despite their seemingly endless numbers, the periodical cicadas are far from invincible. NBC News, "Get ready for Brood X: The once-every-17-years cicada swarm is coming," 17 Mar. 2021

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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 12 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce invincible (audio) \

Kids Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat

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