from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To show or demonstrate clearly; manifest: evince distaste by grimacing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To show or demonstrate clearly; to manifest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To conquer; to subdue.
  • transitive v. To show in a clear manner; to prove beyond any reasonable doubt; to manifest; to make evident; to bring to light; to evidence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To overcome; conquer.
  • To show clearly or make evident; make clear by convincing evidence; manifest; exhibit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give expression to


Latin ēvincere, to prevail, prove; see evict.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French evincer (old spelling of évincer), from Latin ēvincere, present active infinitive of ēvincō ("conquer entirely, prevail over; prove exhaustively"), from ē, short form of ex, + vincō ("conquer"). (Wiktionary)



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  • The terse etymology below hardly explains it. The literal sense in Latin was "conquer, overcome", and it was also used in a transferred sense "prevail, succeed" in doing something, in particular "prevail in an argument, demonstrate". English in the 17th century used the word in various senses like this, but these dropped out of use in favour of the weaker modern sense "be evidence of (not necessarily conclusively)".

    February 4, 2009

  • to exhibit

    1600–10; < L ēvincere to conquer, overcome, carry one's point, equiv. to ē- e- + vincere to conquer

    February 4, 2009