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vanquish

[vang-kwish, van-] /ˈvæŋ kwɪʃ, ˈvæn-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to conquer or subdue by superior force, as in battle.
2.
to defeat in any contest or conflict; be victorious over:
to vanquish one's opponent in an argument.
3.
to overcome or overpower:
He vanquished all his fears.
Origin of vanquish
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English vencuschen, venquisshen < Old French vencus past participle and venquis past tense of veintre < Latin vincere to overcome
Related forms
vanquishable, adjective
vanquisher, noun
vanquishment, noun
unvanquishable, adjective
unvanquished, adjective
unvanquishing, adjective
Synonyms
1. subjugate, suppress, crush, quell.
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  • I guessed, however, by his irregular and intercepted breathing, that he struggled to vanquish an excess of violent emotion.

    Emily Bront A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • There is not another instrument can be discovered, to disarm and vanquish the human mind.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • I cannot, nor do I desire to, vanquish the friendly obligation which help from you imposes on me.

  • The Church was peace—peace from the noise of life, and strength to fight and to vanquish.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Long ago, when I was a child, I set out to vanquish the world.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for vanquish

vanquish

/ˈvæŋkwɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to defeat or overcome in a battle, contest, etc; conquer
2.
to defeat or overcome in argument or debate
3.
to conquer (an emotion)
Derived Forms
vanquishable, adjective
vanquisher, noun
vanquishment, noun
Word Origin
C14: vanquisshen, from Old French venquis vanquished, from veintre to overcome, from Latin vincere
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Word Origin and History for vanquish
v.

early 14c., from Old French venquis (past tense), and vencus (p.p.), from veintre "defeat," from Latin vincere "defeat" (see victor). Influenced in Middle English by Middle French vainquiss-, present stem of vainquir "conquer," from Old French vainkir, alteration of veintre. Related: Vanquished; vanquishing.

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