Convince etymology


English word convince comes from Latin con-, Proto-Indo-European *weyg-, and later Proto-Italic *winkō (To conquer, to overcome.)

Etymology of convince

Detailed word origin of convince

Dictionary entry Language Definition
con- Latin (lat) Used in compounds to indicate a being or bringing together of several objects. Used in compounds to indicate the completeness, perfecting of any act, and thus gives intensity to the signification of the simple word.
*weyg- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*wi-n-k- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*winkō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To conquer, to overcome.
vincere Latin (lat)
învinge Romanian (ron) (transitive) to beat, defeat, vanquish. (transitive) to win (against an opponent).
convincere Latin (lat)
convince English (en) (obsolete, transitive) To confute; to prove wrong.. (obsolete, transitive) To overcome, conquer, vanquish.. (obsolete, transitive) To prove guilty; to convict.. To make someone believe, or feel sure about something, especially by using logic, argument or evidence.. To persuade.

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