verb (used with object)

to expel (a person, especially a tenant) from land, a building, etc., by legal process, as for nonpayment of rent.
to recover (property, titles, etc.) by virtue of superior legal title.

Origin of evict

1400–50; late Middle English evicten < Late Latin ēvictus having recovered one's property by law, Latin: past participle of ēvincere to overcome, conquer, evince), equivalent to ē- e-1 + vic- (past participle stem of vincere; see victor) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formse·vic·tion, noune·vic·tor, nounnon·e·vic·tion, nounre·e·vict, verb (used with object)un·e·vict·ed, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of evict

Historical Examples of evict

  • The landlord was going to evict the Coquets on the fifth floor.


    Emile Zola

  • Indians, like the Irish, will not pay rent, so we were compelled to evict them.

  • In any event, after filing his application, he would then be in a position to evict his enemies.

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • However, after the battle the badgers ceased to try and evict him.

    Lives of the Fur Folk

    M. D. Haviland

  • These were the people who wanted to evict her from her house.


    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for evict


verb (tr)

to expel (a tenant) from property by process of law; turn out
to recover (property or the title to property) by judicial process or by virtue of a superior title
Derived Formseviction, nounevictor, nounevictee, noun

Word Origin for evict

C15: from Late Latin ēvincere, from Latin: to vanquish utterly, from vincere to conquer
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Word Origin and History for evict

mid-15c., "recover (property) by judicial means," from Latin evictus, past participle of evincere "recover property, overcome and expel, conquer," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "conquer" (see victor). Sense of "expel by legal process" first recorded in English 1530s. Related: Evicted; evicting.

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