[kon-kwest, kong-]


the act or state of conquering or the state of being conquered; vanquishment.
the winning of favor, affection, love, etc.: the conquest of Antony by Cleopatra.
a person whose favor, affection, etc., has been won: He's another one of her conquests.
anything acquired by conquering, as a nation, a territory, or spoils.
the Conquest. Norman Conquest.

Origin of conquest

1275–1325; Middle English conqueste < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *conquēsta (for Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere). See con-, quest
Related formspost·con·quest, adjectivere·con·quest, nounself-con·quest, noun

Synonyms for conquest

1. subjugation, defeat, mastery. See victory. 2. seduction, enchantment.

Antonyms for conquest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-conquest

Historical Examples of self-conquest

  • The purpose of it, so far as it affected action, was self-conquest.


    James Anthony Froude

  • When it is, it forms not the heroes of impulse only, but those also of self-conquest.

    The Subjection of Women

    John Stuart Mill

  • I believe that this self-conquest showed that the boy had true genius.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He felt as if that self-conquest was a duty he owed to the very tombs of his fathers.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • There was not only self-conquest, but complete absorption in his work.

    Talks To Farmers

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

British Dictionary definitions for self-conquest



the act or an instance of conquering or the state of having been conquered; victory
a person, thing, etc, that has been conquered or won
the act or art of gaining a person's compliance, love, etc, by seduction or force of personality
a person, whose compliance, love, etc, has been won over by seduction or force of personality

Word Origin for conquest

C13: from Old French conqueste, from Vulgar Latin conquēsta (unattested), from Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere to seek out, procure; see conquer



the Conquest See Norman Conquest
the Conquest Canadian the conquest by the United Kingdom of French North America, ending in 1763
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Word Origin and History for self-conquest



early 14c., a merged word from Old French conquest "acquisition" (Modern French conquêt), and Old French conqueste "conquest, acquisition" (Modern French conquête), both from past participle of conquerre, from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere (see conquer).

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