- 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 vanquish
But there is a strong resolve to vote despite the risk, a fierce determination to vanquish the Vandals.With Poroshenko on the Ukraine Campaign Trail
May 23, 2014
In an attempt to vanquish the monster, the superheroes step in and pummel him, knocking him to the ground.The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment
February 17, 2014
To be competitive here three years from now, Rand knows he needs to vanquish Ron's long shadow.Rand Paul: I’m Not My Dad
June 29, 2013
Visco says she believes the way to vanquish the disease is through science.Bill Clinton’s New Gig: Curing Breast Cancer
November 13, 2012
She is credited with helping to end the war and vanquish dictator Charles Taylor in 2003, opening the door for Sirleaf.A Nobel Smackdown in Liberia: Leymah Gbowee vs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
October 10, 2012
There is not another instrument can be discovered, to disarm and vanquish the human mind.Imogen
The Church was peace—peace from the noise of life, and strength to fight and to vanquish.The Christian
Are you so tame and so poor-spirited that a threat is to vanquish you?Love-at-Arms
Before his party was victorious it had to vanquish most determined opposition.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
It admits their impotence to vanquish the loyal forces in open battle.The Philippine Islands
- 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 vanquish
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.