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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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  • The victorious cause pleased the gods, the vanquished one pleased Sieyès (victa Catoni).

  • He had been vanquished, cheated, scorned, shamefully flouted.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was the deadliest of all attacks when that merciless tribunal of death stood waiting for the first fall of the vanquished.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • When the fire was vanquished, it had practically completed its work of destruction.

  • Some of them conquered two combatants; a few of them vanquished three; but none but prince of Otamus conquered four.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
British Dictionary definitions for vanquished

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 vanquished

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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