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[vang-kwish, van-] /ˈvæŋ kwɪʃ, ˈvæn-/
verb (used with object)
to conquer or subdue by superior force, as in battle.
to defeat in any contest or conflict; be victorious over:
to vanquish one's opponent in an argument.
to overcome or overpower:
He vanquished all his fears.
Origin of vanquish
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
1. subjugate, suppress, crush, quell. Unabridged
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  • But in either case not a malevolent foe who is going to vanquish or surrender to me.
  • They're basically taking ammunition from a foe they're about to vanquish and handing it to one they'll face.
  • But that means finding some way to vanquish the glare of the star.
  • Procreation is too much a part of us to vanquish quickly.
  • And then the intruders vanquish the cooperators, whose openness exposes them to aggression.
  • The sentiment made no sense for gladiators, who expected to vanquish their opponents and live.
  • Subsequently, he manages to vanquish his opponents of an hostile clan, even though he was at first outnumbered and outmaneuvered.
  • Using a weapon, shield and magic, players must vanquish their foes to boost experience and maybe snag some gold and gear.
  • Antifreeze proteins are one way to vanquish dangerous ice crystals, but they're not the only way.
  • Re-Mission wraps a true-to-life cancer simulation in a gaming interface, helping kids visualize the disease and vanquish it.
British Dictionary definitions for vanquish


verb (transitive)
to defeat or overcome in a battle, contest, etc; conquer
to defeat or overcome in argument or debate
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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