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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 evinced
  • The company evinced little interest, replying with a form letter.
  • The sheer amount of innuendo this whole situation has evinced is truly alarming.
  • Economists have evinced surprise at what is considered to be a recession of shorter duration and less penetration here.
  • And in no direction was the slightest concern evinced-Times.
  • Still less has he evinced any desire to sting and then die.
  • In letters to divers correspondents he evinced growing and confident enthusiasm for the burgeoning revolution.
  • Several times she evinced a mildly gallows-type humor.
  • From early on, he evinced a special gift for dread and a disposition keyed to intimate knowledge of the transactions of power.
  • He chose his own pacing and for a stretch in the summer evinced little interest in campaigning at all.
  • Those participants not currently prescribed any psychotropic medications evinced the fewest side effects.
British Dictionary definitions for evinced


(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 evinced



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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