- 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 vanquisher
What goes unmentioned in these tall tales of “Vladimir the Vanquisher of the Oligarchs” is what happened to the rest of them.Boris Berezovsky’s Dubious Legacy Lives On in the Kremlin
April 1, 2013
"You are seven times worse than I," said he to his vanquisher.
The horse and arms of the vanquished belong to the vanquisher.
The victor was always to be vanquished, the vanquisher was always to be victor.Amenities of Literature
But when the vanquisher doesn't come, it's necessary for her to do something.The Barber of Paris
Charles Paul de Kock
Then he realized that gold is not always the vanquisher of every obstacle.Strange True Stories of Louisiana
George Washington Cable
- 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 vanquisher
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.