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From Middle English venquysshen, vaynquisshen, borrowed from a conjugated form of Old French veincre, from Latin vincō.
vanquish (third-person singular simple present vanquishes, present participle vanquishing, simple past and past participle vanquished)
- To defeat, to overcome.
- 1702–1704, Edward [Hyde, 1st] Earl of Clarendon, “(please specify |book=I to XVI)”, in The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. […], Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed at the Theater, published 1707, →OCLC:
- They […] vanquished the rebels in all encounters.
- 1687, Francis Atterbury, An Answer to some Considerations, the Spirit of Martin Luther and the Original of the Reformation:
- This bold assertion has been so fully vanquish'd in a late reply to the Bishop of Meaux's treatise.
to defeat, to overcome
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