Vencer — “to defeat” in Spanish — comes from the Latin vincere, of course from the classic triple-V line of Caesar’s. But from this root, we get a bunch of interesting words, including:
- Vincent — yes, the name is literally, The Conquerer!
- Victory — the victor does win over the enemy!
- Convince — With the con- prefix… the victor of an argument just convinces the other!
- Vanquish — The victor vanquishes the opponent!
- Invincible — the victor is someone who is not (in!) vincible!
- Evict — when you’re evicted from your apartment, that is a form of defeat
We can see the v-n-c root in most of these, or slight variations, like v-n-q.