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[kon-kwest, kong-] /ˈkɒn kwɛst, ˈkɒŋ-/
the act or state of conquering or the state of being conquered; vanquishment.
the winning of favor, affection, love, etc.:
the conquest of Antony by Cleopatra.
a person whose favor, affection, etc., has been won:
He's another one of her conquests.
anything acquired by conquering, as a nation, a territory, or spoils.
the Conquest, Norman Conquest.
Origin of conquest
1275-1325; Middle English conqueste < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *conquēsta (for Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere). See con-, quest
Related forms
postconquest, adjective
reconquest, noun
self-conquest, noun
1. subjugation, defeat, mastery. See victory. 2. seduction, enchantment.
1. surrender. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-conquest
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  • Intense as she is, Maggie now throws all the ardour of her nature into renunciation and self-conquest.

    George Eliot Mathilde Blind
  • When it is, it forms not the heroes of impulse only, but those also of self-conquest.

    The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
  • Then there came over her countenance a strange gleam of joy, as if she triumphed in self-conquest.

    Demos George Gissing
  • The purpose of it, so far as it affected action, was self-conquest.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • His aim has been, not to teach a new national pride, but to inculcate a new heroism of self-conquest, a new faith in justice.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • I believe that this self-conquest showed that the boy had true genius.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It has won victories for warriors; freedom for oppressed nations; and self-conquest for millions of men, women, and children.

    Jessie Carlton Francis Forrester
  • You would say that self-conquest lies at the base of all other victories.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • He felt as if that self-conquest was a duty he owed to the very tombs of his fathers.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He found the cause to be self-indulgence and the cure to be self-conquest.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for self-conquest


/ˈkɒnkwɛst; ˈkɒŋ-/
the act or an instance of conquering or the state of having been conquered; victory
a person, thing, etc, that has been conquered or won
the act or art of gaining a person's compliance, love, etc, by seduction or force of personality
a person, whose compliance, love, etc, has been won over by seduction or force of personality
Word Origin
C13: from Old French conqueste, from Vulgar Latin conquēsta (unattested), from Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere to seek out, procure; see conquer


/ˈkɒnkwɛst; ˈkɒŋ-/
the Conquest, See Norman Conquest
(Canadian) the Conquest, the conquest by the United Kingdom of French North America, ending in 1763
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Word Origin and History for self-conquest



early 14c., a merged word from Old French conquest "acquisition" (Modern French conquêt), and Old French conqueste "conquest, acquisition" (Modern French conquête), both from past participle of conquerre, from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere (see conquer).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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