vanquish

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verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish, ˈvan-\

Definition of vanquish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to overcome in battle :  subdue completely

  3. 2 :  to defeat in a conflict or contest

  4. 3 :  to gain mastery over (an emotion, passion, or temptation) vanquish your fear

vanquishable

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vanquisher

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Examples of vanquish in a Sentence

  1. They were vanquished in battle.

  2. vanquished nation after nation in his relentless conquest of Europe

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Origin and Etymology of vanquish

Middle English venquishen, borrowed from Anglo-French venquis-, extended stem of veintre, vaincre “to defeat, conquer,” going back to Latin vincere — more at victor

Synonym Discussion of vanquish

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of. Caesar conquered Gaul vanquish implies a complete overpowering. vanquished the enemy and ended the war defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals. the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas subdue implies a defeating and suppression. subdued the native tribes after years of fighting reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender. the city was reduced after a month-long siege overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle. overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power. violently overthrew the old regime

VANQUISH Defined for English Language Learners

vanquish

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Definition of vanquish for English Language Learners

  • : to defeat (someone) completely in a war, battle, etc.


VANQUISH Defined for Kids

vanquish

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verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish\

Definition of vanquish for Students

vanquished

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vanquishing

  1. :  overcome 1



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