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conquest

[kon-kwest, kong-] /ˈkɒn kwɛst, ˈkɒŋ-/
noun
1.
the act or state of conquering or the state of being conquered; vanquishment.
2.
the winning of favor, affection, love, etc.:
the conquest of Antony by Cleopatra.
3.
a person whose favor, affection, etc., has been won:
He's another one of her conquests.
4.
anything acquired by conquering, as a nation, a territory, or spoils.
5.
the Conquest, Norman Conquest.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English conqueste < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *conquēsta (for Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere). See con-, quest
Related forms
postconquest, adjective
reconquest, noun
self-conquest, noun
Synonyms
1. subjugation, defeat, mastery. See victory. 2. seduction, enchantment.
Antonyms
1. surrender.
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British Dictionary definitions for the con quest

conquest

/ˈkɒnkwɛst; ˈkɒŋ-/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of conquering or the state of having been conquered; victory
2.
a person, thing, etc, that has been conquered or won
3.
the act or art of gaining a person's compliance, love, etc, by seduction or force of personality
4.
a person, whose compliance, love, etc, has been won over by seduction or force of personality
Word Origin
C13: from Old French conqueste, from Vulgar Latin conquēsta (unattested), from Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere to seek out, procure; see conquer

Conquest

/ˈkɒnkwɛst; ˈkɒŋ-/
noun
1.
the Conquest, See Norman Conquest
2.
(Canadian) the Conquest, the conquest by the United Kingdom of French North America, ending in 1763
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Word Origin and History for the con quest

conquest

n.

early 14c., a merged word from Old French conquest "acquisition" (Modern French conquêt), and Old French conqueste "conquest, acquisition" (Modern French conquête), both from past participle of conquerre, from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere (see conquer).

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Encyclopedia Article for the con quest

conquest

in international law, the acquisition of territory through force, especially by a victorious state in a war at the expense of a defeated state. An effective conquest takes place when physical appropriation of territory (annexation) is followed by "subjugation" (i.e., the legal process of transferring title)

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