[ vang-kwish, van- ]
/ ˈvæŋ kwɪʃ, ˈvæn- /
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verb (used with object)
to conquer or subdue by superior force, as in battle.
to defeat in any contest or conflict; be victorious over: to vanquish one's opponent in an argument.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM vanquish
van·quish·a·ble, adjectivevan·quish·er, nounvan·quish·ment, nounun·van·quish·a·ble, adjective
un·van·quished, adjectiveun·van·quish·ing, adjective
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How to use vanquish in a sentence
What goes unmentioned in these tall tales of “Vladimir the Vanquisher of the Oligarchs” is what happened to the rest of them.Boris Berezovsky’s Dubious Legacy Lives On in the Kremlin|Garry Kasparov|April 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The disarmed tilters thus declare themselves vanquished, and their armor and mounting belong by right to the vanquisher.The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion|Eugne Sue
Now let them stand forth and give out the prize of victory which the vanquished shall pay to the vanquisher.The Story of the Glittering Plain|William Morris
It seemeth to me that mighty bowman and vanquisher of armies was their refuge, as Vishnu of the celestials.
O tiger among men and vanquisher of foes, then the human race also increased by thousands even like unto a current of water.
But when the vanquisher doesn't come, it's necessary for her to do something.The Barber of Paris|Charles Paul de Kock
British Dictionary definitions for vanquish
/ (ˈvæŋkwɪʃ) /
to defeat or overcome in a battle, contest, etc; conquer
to defeat or overcome in argument or debate
to conquer (an emotion)
Derived forms of vanquishvanquishable, 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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