van·​quished ˈvaŋ-kwisht How to pronounce vanquished (audio)
: overcome or defeated in battle or in a conflict or contest
a vanquished foe
In the dim light he could see Leslie's face freeze into its most queenly pose—the kind of expression she usually reserved for vanquished enemies.Katherine Paterson
When this morning race was over, the Brown oarsmen waited at their boat house for their vanquished competitors to come around and hand over their rowing shirts, each with its distinctive colors and design.William N. Wallace
Exiting at 35th Street, we pass the new Comiskey Park with its vanquished predecessor now reduced to a placeless parking complex across the street …Thomas J. Jablonsky

Examples of vanquished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, representing the vanquished enemy, will also attend in a show of Europe’s reconciliation. Peter Baker, New York Times, 4 June 2024 Meanwhile, despite Xi’s claims of having vanquished poverty, most Chinese continue to struggle to make ends meet. Cai Xia, Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022 Its fans will understandably celebrate, and the fans of its vanquished opponents will mourn. Rory Smith, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2024 Yet this challenging book—a work of principled nihilism—holds just such a mirror to the vanquished country’s shame and disorder. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2020 Onstage, a beaming Mr. Trump made what, for him, amounted to magnanimous remarks about his vanquished opponents. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024 But the schedule makers decided not to pit the team against a storied rival or a vanquished opponent from last season’s playoffs. Ken Belson, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Their sister, Antigone, in defiance of the new king’s edict, attempts to bury Polynices, the brother on the vanquished side, who has been declared an enemy of the state. Teju Cole, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 Because the fields of play demand that there is a victor and a vanquished, the inherent experience of ending up as one or the other translates to many aspects of our non-sports lives. Tara Sullivan,, 1 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vanquished was in the 15th century

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“Vanquished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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