vanquish

verb
van·​quish | \ ˈvaŋ-kwish How to pronounce vanquish (audio) , ˈvan- How to pronounce vanquish (audio) \
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 How to pronounce vanquishable (audio) , 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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James Ortiz’s outsize monster puppets (Hercules has to vanquish something) are amusing reminders of the musical’s roots in animation. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘Hercules’ proves strong enough to lift all of Central Park, but only for a few days," 5 Sep. 2019 Investors fear that the world is turning into Japan, with a torpid economy that struggles to vanquish deflation, and is hence prone to going backwards. The Economist, "Markets are braced for a global downturn," 17 Aug. 2019 Karthik, for his part, took no pleasure in vanquishing a familiar foe. Ben Nuckols, Fox News, "Dallas duel: Wild card turns tables at National Spelling Bee," 1 June 2018 The fires, after months of destruction, are vanquished. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 Since reentering her father’s life in late 2015, Redstone has vanquished more than a dozen men whom her father put in power. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "Her father once dismissed her as a lightweight. Now Shari Redstone will run the show at ViacomCBS," 13 Aug. 2019 The lone hero always vanquishes his persecutor with a 45. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "The world wonders what's happened to America," 10 Aug. 2019 The Turin side, who had been languishing in tragic mediocrity ever since the Superga air disaster of 1949 had vanquished perhaps the greatest club side in Italian history, were in need of resurrection. SI.com, "Nereo Rocco: 'El Paron', the Pioneer of Catenaccio & Forgotten Great of Italian Football," 30 July 2019 Seven decades later, far-right extremism is a topic that many thought had been vanquished, but some experts say that misperception may have led to a more lax approach than is now necessary. NBC News, "Right-wing extremism is a growing worry in Germany after series of attacks," 18 July 2019

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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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vanquish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vanquish

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

vanquish

verb
van·​quish | \ ˈvaŋ-kwish How to pronounce vanquish (audio) \
vanquished; vanquishing

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