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
Recent Examples on the Web Over the course of her staggering career, Althea Gibson vanquished barrier after barrier standing in the way of African-American tennis players. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Althea Gibson, Who Smashed Through Racial Barriers in Tennis, Honored With Statue at U.S. Open," 28 Aug. 2019 And Selfridges, London’s century-old department store, has vanquished plastic beverage bottles from its food court in favor of glass bottles, aluminum cans, and refilling stations. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019 Peter doesn’t have all the correct Spider-Man accouterments with him and fails at vanquishing the creature. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Spider-Man: Far from Home," 28 June 2019 His history now includes another Grand Slam title and another challenger vanquished. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Big Three's Dominance Continues (for Now) After Rafael Nadal Captures Another Major," 9 Sep. 2019 Pluribus, described in a paper published in the journal Science, follows in the digital footsteps of superhuman AIs that have vanquished humans at games like checkers, chess, Jeopardy!, Dota-2, and Go. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Computers Can Now Bluff Like a Poker Champ. Better, Actually.," 11 July 2019 Mars, after all, was our last, best hope after astronomers (and the Mariner 2 spacecraft) forever vanquished the notion of dinosaurs stamping across humid, Venusian bogs. David W. Brown, Smithsonian, "Searching for the Key to Life’s Beginnings," 2 July 2018 Sexism, of course, wasn’t vanquished from comics, and in some ways became more pronounced as the depictions of women became more explicitly sexualized. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Storm is comics’ overlooked groundbreaking superhero," 11 Sep. 2019 After handily winning Zegama back in early June, Jornet proceeded to break the course record at Sierre-Zinal, vanquishing reigning Western States champ Jim Walmsley in the process. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Will Kilian Jornet Break Running’s Toughest Record?," 23 Aug. 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

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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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