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[ih-vikt] /ɪˈvɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to expel (a person, especially a tenant) from land, a building, etc., by legal process, as for nonpayment of rent.
to recover (property, titles, etc.) by virtue of superior legal title.
Origin of evict
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English evicten < Late Latin ēvictus having recovered one's property by law, Latin: past participle of ēvincere to overcome, conquer, evince), equivalent to ē- e-1 + vic- (past participle stem of vincere; see victor) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
eviction, noun
evictor, noun
noneviction, noun
reevict, verb (used with object)
unevicted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evict
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  • Malone declined to make any change, and as a last resort it was decided to evict him.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The landlord was going to evict the Coquets on the fifth floor.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • But, however tumble-down and squalid his dwelling may be, there is always a landlord who can evict him.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • Indians, like the Irish, will not pay rent, so we were compelled to evict them.

  • The consequence is that when Miss Gardiner again attempts to evict him she must incur the considerable cost of a new writ.

    Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
British Dictionary definitions for evict


verb (transitive)
to expel (a tenant) from property by process of law; turn out
to recover (property or the title to property) by judicial process or by virtue of a superior title
Derived Forms
eviction, noun
evictor, noun
evictee, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin ēvincere, from Latin: to vanquish utterly, from vincere to conquer
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Word Origin and History for evict

mid-15c., "recover (property) by judicial means," from Latin evictus, past participle of evincere "recover property, overcome and expel, conquer," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "conquer" (see victor). Sense of "expel by legal process" first recorded in English 1530s. Related: Evicted; evicting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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