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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
Synonym Study
1. See display. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evince
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  • Do they evince any proper estimate of the character of women?

  • I shall be happy, on every occasion, to evince my regard for the Fraternity.

  • Then, suddenly, he began to evince a great friendship for the Poissons.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Jerks at the reins only caused him to stamp and evince an inclination to turn around.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then why don't you join them, and evince your interest in some practical way?

    Young Captain Jack

    Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • But why, he says to himself, does Mr. Snivel evince this anxiety to befriend me?

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • For the first time he seemed to evince interest in what she was saying.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • "But he did not evince the slightest interest," she declares to Marcia.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
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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