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[ih-vins] /ɪˈvɪns/
verb (used with object), evinced, evincing.
to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove.
to reveal the possession of (a quality, trait, etc.).
Origin of evince
1600-10; < Latin ēvincere to conquer, overcome, carry one's point, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vincere to conquer
Related forms
evincible, adjective
nonevincible, adjective
unevinced, adjective
unevincible, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See display. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evincing
Contemporary Examples
  • With MTV no longer a major way to promote artists, and the Internet evincing a crippling deflation, the metaphoric sky had fallen.

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Historical Examples
  • Cutter began tumbling out upon the floor an assortment of clothing, evincing little respect for the Mexican's finery.

    The Bells of San Juan Jackson Gregory
  • The prince only seemed happy in evincing his affection toward me.

  • The Biblical monition that, in evincing a generous hospitality, we may sometimes entertain angels unawares, seems to me in point.

    What I know of farming: Horace Greeley
  • Just as he had thought, Sophy was evincing rashness in its most aggravated form.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • They took the scent into the heart of it, evincing great eagerness.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
  • Far from evincing any ferocity towards his master's foes, he danced about with a joyous bark, evidently considering it famous fun.

  • The other incident to which I have alluded as evincing suspicion on the part of the Baron, was as follows.

    The Notting Hill Mystery Charles Felix
  • The designs themselves are very simple and even rude, evincing very little knowledge of the principles of modern art.

    William the Conqueror Jacob Abbott
  • Usually as chary of his sympathies as of his gold, he astonished every one by evincing an abnormal interest in the strikers.

    The Stillwater Tragedy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
British Dictionary definitions for evincing


(transitive) to make evident; show (something, such as an emotion) clearly
Derived Forms
evincible, adjective
evincive, adjective
Usage note
Evince is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: the proposal evoked (not evinced) a storm of protest
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēvincere to overcome; see evict
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Word Origin and History for evincing



c.1600, "disprove, confute," from French évincer "disprove, confute," from Latin evincere "conquer, elicit by argument, prove," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "overcome" (see victor).

Meaning "show clearly" is late 18c. Not clearly distinguished from evict until 18c. Related: Evinced; evinces; evincing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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