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. wig war, battle, wigant a warrior, wigan to fight, Icel. vig battle, Goth. weihan to fight, contend. Cf. Convince, Evict, Invincible, Victor.]


To conquer, overcome, or subdue in battle, as an enemy.


They . . . Vanquished the rebels in all encounters. Clarendon.


Hence, to defeat in any contest; to get the better of; to put down; to refute.

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

For e'en though vanquished, he could argue still. Goldsmith.

Syn. -- To conquer; surmount; overcome; confute; silence. See Conquer.


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Van"quish, n. Far.

A disease in sheep, in which they pine away.

[Written also vinquish.]


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