- 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 vanquished
It was a gracious touch, a rhetorical olive branch to his vanquished foes.Didn't Obama Hear Oregon’s Warning Shot on Immigration?
November 14, 2014
But Carson did have competitors (Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin, Joan Rivers), and he vanquished them all.Wheeere’s Johnny?
October 13, 2013
Thanks to antibiotics, this category has largely been vanquished.Has Medical Innovation Slowed Down?
May 8, 2013
Vanquished Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to lunch at the White House.The Stock Market Doesn’t Care About the Fiscal Cliff
November 29, 2012
Obama announced that he plans to meet soon with his vanquished enemy to seek common ground, and the crowd cheered.President Obama’s Victory Speech: A Call to Arms
November 7, 2012
He had been vanquished, cheated, scorned, shamefully flouted.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
When the fire was vanquished, it had practically completed its work of destruction.Yorkshire Painted And Described
As if vanquished, he laid it on the table beside the others.Casanova's Homecoming
Dead, vanquished by the sword, betrayed by fortune, crushed with grief.My Double Life
The liberal party appears to be vanquished in the sphere of economics.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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 vanquished
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.