Definition of vanquish in English:



[with object]literary
  • Defeat thoroughly.

    ‘he successfully vanquished his rival’
    • ‘Council procedures and culture should emphasize discussion and accommodation rather than scoring debater's points and vanquishing one's opponents.’
    • ‘Finally, Christ will return, vanquishing the Anti-Christ and ushering in the thousand-year reign of Christ on Earth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But while vanquishing the enemy on the field of battle is necessary, it is not sufficient.’
    • ‘Researchers may also better understand the forces that vanquished the Ice Age ecosystem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arguments are used constructively to clarify issues, not to vanquish opponents.’
    • ‘He did not flinch as the verdict was read to a hushed court - and his hopes of divine intervention were vanquished.’
    • ‘Uncertainty vanquishes notions of exclusivity and superiority.’
    • ‘Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back.’
    • ‘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 at least three art historians allege, St. George never vanquished a dragon, as legend asserts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His troops had vanquished their opponents, now the Army and its prisoners were on their way home.’
    • ‘Medical technology has enabled scientific medicine to vanquish its rivals in the medical marketplace in the quest for patient patronage and health insurance funds.’
    • ‘The sooner the world understands it, the sooner we will be able to vanquish these forces of evil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gaining the prize requires vanquishing your opponents, and your strength is inversely proportional to theirs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Life appears to vanquish the hope and ideals of all men, dragging in its train even the greatest, like Plato, Alexander, or Napoleon.’
    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’.