Vanquish Van"quish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vanquished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vanquishing}.] [OE. venquishen, venquissen, venkisen,F. vaincre, pret. vainquis, OF. veintre, pret. venqui, venquis (cf. an OF. infin. vainquir), fr. L. vincere; akin to AS. w[=i]g war, battle, w[=i]gant a warrior, w[=i]gan to fight, Icel. v[=i]g battle, Goth. weihan to fight, contend. Cf. {Convince}, {Evict}, {Invincible}, {Victor}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To conquer, overcome, or subdue in battle, as an enemy. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster]

They . . . Vanquished the rebels in all encounters. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to defeat in any contest; to get the better of; to put down; to refute. [1913 Webster]

This bold assertion has been fully vanquished in a late reply to the Bishop of Meaux's treatise. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

For e'en though vanquished, he could argue still. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To conquer; surmount; overcome; confute; silence. See {Conquer}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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