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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
  • The prince only seemed happy in evincing his affection toward me.

  • Nor have his fellow-countrymen lacked in evincing their vigorous appreciation.

  • They took the scent into the heart of it, evincing great eagerness.

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  • Just as he had thought, Sophy was evincing rashness in its most aggravated form.

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  • Surely that was "evincing an express liking" for an obstruction of the kidnappers.

  • And very soon Hubert began to draw, evincing some natural aptitude.

    Vain Fortune George Moore
  • Far from evincing any ferocity towards his master's foes, he danced about with a joyous bark, evidently considering it famous fun.

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

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  • This animal can easily be tamed, and will then follow a person about like a dog, evincing remarkable attachment and intelligence.

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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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