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[vang-kwish, van-]
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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


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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

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



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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