van·​quish | \ˈvaŋ-kwish, ˈvan- \
vanquished; vanquishing; vanquishes

Definition of vanquish 

transitive verb

1 : to overcome in battle : subdue completely

2 : to defeat in a conflict or contest

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

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Other Words from vanquish

vanquishable \ˈvaŋ-​kwi-​shə-​bəl, ˈvan-​ \ adjective
vanquisher noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of vanquish in a Sentence

They were vanquished in battle. vanquished nation after nation in his relentless conquest of Europe

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During the 1960s and ’70s, years of disproportionate household duties and neglectful husbands and crying kids were vanquished with the help of a hot new drug: Valium. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 Yet most Russians aren't saying Putin vanquished Trump. Fox News, "Russia's post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump," 17 July 2018 Yet most Russians aren’t saying Putin vanquished Trump. Dmitry Kozlov, The Seattle Times, "Russia’s Trump takeaway: Putin basks in post-summit glow," 17 July 2018 Russian state propaganda often equates Western nations to Hitler’s Germany and promises to defeat them just as the Soviet Union vanquished Germany in 1945. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Russia’s Turn to Its Asian Past," 6 July 2018 After sweeping the Whiz Kids in 1950, the Yankees spoiled the Phillies’ chances to win back-to-back titles by vanquishing them in six games in 2009. Scott Lauber,, "Should the Phillies be concerned about Jake Arrieta? | Extra Innings," 27 June 2018 The Tennessee elementary school’s mascot is the Rebels — Confederate soldiers — and a mural painted in its gym depicted vanquished mascots from rival schools. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A school’s Confederate flag gym mural appeared to depict a lynching, until it got painted over," 7 Mar. 2018 Trump returned to Washington declaring victory and saying the nuclear threat from North Korea had been vanquished. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Pompeo pushes back on North Korea complaints, insists nuclear talks are on track," 8 July 2018 When, in any earlier time, have inhabitants of purchased or vanquished territories been consulted about their preferences? Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "A New Gateway to the West," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of vanquish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of vanquish

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


van·​quish | \ˈvaŋ-kwish \
vanquished; vanquishing

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