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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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  • Cultural barbarians have vanquished the life of the mind.
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  • Wars erupted, in which the victors ate the vanquished.
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  • The political ends of the victor must be imposed on the vanquished.
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  • Yet part of the abiding interest in it is that it showed war from the viewpoint of the vanquished.
British Dictionary definitions for vanquished


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 vanquished



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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