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[ih-vins] /ɪˈvɪns/
verb (used with object), evinced, evincing.
to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove.
to reveal the possession of (a quality, trait, etc.).
Origin of evince
1600-10; < Latin ēvincere to conquer, overcome, carry one's point, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vincere to conquer
Related forms
evincible, adjective
nonevincible, adjective
unevinced, adjective
unevincible, adjective
1. See display. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evince
  • In some cases, concerns voiced and actions taken evince mild concern.
  • The candidate must also evince a sincere interest in his own country and in world affairs generally.
  • They evince neither erudition nor cleverness.
  • You write in grammatically correct sentences that evince verve and charm.
  • Adversity builds character, and the new immigrants evince that.
  • Erwin and his cohorts evince little effort to hold to a rigidly "authentic" style.
  • For a writer whose best poems evince strong powers of observation, Olds spends too much time taking her own emotional temperature.
  • No songbirds evince the power, beauty, and mystery of migration more spectacularly than the warblers.
  • Sometimes the synonymous words are accepted catch-phrases, sometimes they evince pure pleasure in language.
  • But if repression comes into play they experience disgust for eating and evince hysterical vomiting.
British Dictionary definitions for evince


(transitive) to make evident; show (something, such as an emotion) clearly
Derived Forms
evincible, adjective
evincive, adjective
Usage note
Evince is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: the proposal evoked (not evinced) a storm of protest
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēvincere to overcome; see evict
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Word Origin and History for evince

c.1600, "disprove, confute," from French évincer "disprove, confute," from Latin evincere "conquer, elicit by argument, prove," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "overcome" (see victor).

Meaning "show clearly" is late 18c. Not clearly distinguished from evict until 18c. Related: Evinced; evinces; evincing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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