- 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
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Examples from the Web for unvanquished
The other, unvanquished but indignant, withdrew slowly, with every quill on end.The Backwoodsmen
Charles G. D. Roberts
Shall the grandson of a famous man, and the child of the unvanquished, be too weak to endure a slight gust of adversity?The Danish History, Books I-IX
Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
In their souls burnt an unquenchable fire, the fire of hope; they stirred it night and day with the song of the unvanquished.West Wind Drift
George Barr McCutcheon
Posthumus, our years glide fleetly away, nor can piety stay wrinkles and advancing age and unvanquished death.
All that remained for them was to meet their fate heroically and with an unvanquished spirit.Madame Roland, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
- to defeat or overcome in a battle, contest, etc; conquer
- to defeat or overcome in argument or debate
- to conquer (an emotion)
Word Origin and History for unvanquished
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.