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[vang-kwish, van-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to conquer or subdue by superior force, as in battle.
  2. to defeat in any contest or conflict; be victorious over: to vanquish one's opponent in an argument.
  3. to overcome or overpower: He vanquished all his fears.
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Origin of vanquish

1300–50; Middle English vencuschen, venquisshen < Old French vencus past participle and venquis past tense of veintre < Latin vincere to overcome
Related formsvan·quish·a·ble, adjectivevan·quish·er, nounvan·quish·ment, nounun·van·quish·a·ble, adjectiveun·van·quished, adjectiveun·van·quish·ing, adjective

Synonyms for vanquish

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Historical Examples of unvanquished

  • The other, unvanquished but indignant, withdrew slowly, with every quill on end.

    The Backwoodsmen

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • Shall the grandson of a famous man, and the child of the unvanquished, be too weak to endure a slight gust of adversity?

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

    Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")

  • In their souls burnt an unquenchable fire, the fire of hope; they stirred it night and day with the song of the unvanquished.

    West Wind Drift

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • Posthumus, our years glide fleetly away, nor can piety stay wrinkles and advancing age and unvanquished death.

  • All that remained for them was to meet their fate heroically and with an unvanquished spirit.

British Dictionary definitions for unvanquished


verb (tr)
  1. to defeat or overcome in a battle, contest, etc; conquer
  2. to defeat or overcome in argument or debate
  3. to conquer (an emotion)
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Derived Formsvanquishable, adjectivevanquisher, nounvanquishment, noun

Word Origin for vanquish

C14: vanquisshen, from Old French venquis vanquished, from veintre to overcome, from Latin vincere
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Word Origin and History for unvanquished


late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of vanquish.

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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.

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