[ ih-vins ]
/ ɪˈvɪns /

verb (used with object), e·vinced, e·vinc·ing.

to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove.
to reveal the possession of (a quality, trait, etc.).

Origin of evince

1600–10; < Latin ēvincere to conquer, overcome, carry one's point, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vincere to conquer
Related formse·vin·ci·ble, adjectivenon·e·vin·ci·ble, adjectiveun·e·vinced, adjectiveun·e·vin·ci·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See display.
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British Dictionary definitions for evince


/ (ɪˈvɪns) /


(tr) to make evident; show (something, such as an emotion) clearly
Derived Formsevincible, adjectiveevincive, adjective

Word Origin for evince

C17: from Latin ēvincere to overcome; see evict


Evince is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: the proposal evoked (not evinced) a storm of protest
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Word Origin and History for evince



c.1600, "disprove, confute," from French évincer "disprove, confute," from Latin evincere "conquer, elicit by argument, prove," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "overcome" (see victor).

Meaning "show clearly" is late 18c. Not clearly distinguished from evict until 18c. Related: Evinced; evinces; evincing.

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