conquest

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Etymology[edit]

Old French conqueste (Modern French conquête).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

conquest (plural conquests)

  1. Victory gained through combat; the subjugation of an enemy.
  2. (figuratively, by extenstion) An act or instance of overcoming an obstacle.
    • Prescott
      Three years sufficed for the conquest of the country.
    • 2002, Merle Goldman, Leo Ou-fan Lee, An intellectual history of modern China, ISBN 0521797101, page 21:
      Therefore, this dream of the human conquest of selfishness appeared devoid of any strong sense of the necessity of internal struggle to overcome it
  3. That which is conquered; possession gained by force, physical or moral.
    • Shakespeare
      Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?
  4. (feudal law) The acquiring of property by other means than by inheritance; acquisition.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Blackstone to this entry?)
  5. (colloquial, figuratively) A person with whom one has had sex.

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Verb[edit]

conquest (third-person singular simple present conquests, present participle conquesting, simple past and past participle conquested)

  1. (archaic) To conquer.
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