Definition of vanquish in US English:



[with object]literary
  • Defeat thoroughly.

    ‘Mexican forces vanquished the French army in a battle in Puebla’
    • ‘He did not flinch as the verdict was read to a hushed court - and his hopes of divine intervention were vanquished.’
    • ‘Life appears to vanquish the hope and ideals of all men, dragging in its train even the greatest, like Plato, Alexander, or Napoleon.’
    • ‘Its report, in the spring, is likely to demand radical change in relations between the rich and poor world if abject poverty is to be vanquished.’
    • ‘Finally, Christ will return, vanquishing the Anti-Christ and ushering in the thousand-year reign of Christ on Earth.’
    • ‘The sooner the world understands it, the sooner we will be able to vanquish these forces of evil.’
    • ‘Medical technology has enabled scientific medicine to vanquish its rivals in the medical marketplace in the quest for patient patronage and health insurance funds.’
    • ‘Council procedures and culture should emphasize discussion and accommodation rather than scoring debater's points and vanquishing one's opponents.’
    • ‘His troops had vanquished their opponents, now the Army and its prisoners were on their way home.’
    • ‘As at least three art historians allege, St. George never vanquished a dragon, as legend asserts.’
    • ‘Arguments are used constructively to clarify issues, not to vanquish opponents.’
    • ‘Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back.’
    • ‘Researchers may also better understand the forces that vanquished the Ice Age ecosystem.’
    • ‘But while vanquishing the enemy on the field of battle is necessary, it is not sufficient.’
    • ‘Uncertainty vanquishes notions of exclusivity and superiority.’
    • ‘Evidence from researchers at Hull University suggests many people benefit from relaxation therapy, hypnotherapy and guided imagery in which patients are taught to visualise their bodies' defences vanquishing tumours.’
    • ‘He's out of ammo and doomed for sure, and there's 15 guys on him, and he vanquishes them all with his will and might.’
    • ‘Gaining the prize requires vanquishing your opponents, and your strength is inversely proportional to theirs.’
    • ‘Defeat at Trafalgar ended any hope of maritime supremacy for France, and thus any realistic hope of vanquishing the British, but Napoleon continued to steamroller his continental opponents.’
    • ‘It's all very well to speak of patriotism, of duty and of vanquishing the forces of evil when you're safe in a bunker thousands of miles away from the possibility of action.’
    • ‘As time goes on, it's become clear that he sees his role less as making sure our soldiers vanquish the enemy than making sure he vanquishes the press and the straw men he puts so much rhetorical energy into creating.’
    conquer, defeat, defeat utterly, beat, beat hollow, trounce, annihilate, triumph over, win a resounding victory over, be victorious over, best, get the better of, worst, bring someone to their knees, overcome, overwhelm, subdue, subjugate, put down, quell, quash, crush, repress, rout
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Middle English: from Old French vencus, venquis (past participle and past tense of veintre), vainquiss- (lengthened stem of vainquir), from Latin vincere ‘conquer’.