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Vencer and Van­quish

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.


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