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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Van·quish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vanquished p. pr. & vb. n. Vanquishing.]
 1. To conquer, overcome, or subdue in battle, as an enemy.
    They . . . vanquished the rebels in all encounters.   --Clarendon.
 2. 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.