verb (used with object)
Origin of vanquish
Examples from the Web for vanquish
But there is a strong resolve to vote despite the risk, a fierce determination to vanquish the Vandals.
In an attempt to vanquish the monster, the superheroes step in and pummel him, knocking him to the ground.The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment|Alex Suskind|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To be competitive here three years from now, Rand knows he needs to vanquish Ron's long shadow.
Visco says she believes the way to vanquish the disease is through science.
She is credited with helping to end the war and vanquish dictator Charles Taylor in 2003, opening the door for Sirleaf.A Nobel Smackdown in Liberia: Leymah Gbowee vs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf|Abigail Pesta|October 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
To vanquish Prussia in this war we need the active aid or the sympathy of every Republican in the world.
There was a mechanical repugnance to the loss of life, which I could not vanquish.Arthur Mervyn|Charles Brockden Brown
He had won the greatness he wanted most, he had acquired a distinction which could not but vanquish his own doubts and hers.At His Gates, Vol. 1(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
Allow them to vanquish you once, and they will pursue their advantage to their lives end.Riding for Ladies|Mrs. Power O'Donoghue
But, Prince, we must vanquish when we come to die; and I will forget my self wholly, to think of nothing but of you.The Works of Aphra Behn|Aphra Behn
British Dictionary definitions for vanquish
Word Origin for vanquish
Word Origin and History for vanquish
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.