Con"quest(?), n. [OF. conquest, conqueste, F. conqute, LL. conquistum, conquista, prop. p. p. from L. conquirere. See Conquer.] 1. The act or process of conquering, or acquiring by force; the act of overcoming or subduing opposition by force, whether physical or moral; subjection; subjugation; victory.
In joys of conquest he resigns his breath.Addison.
Three years sufficed for the conquest of the country.Prescott.
2. That which is conquered; possession gained by force, physical or moral.
Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?Shak.
(Feudal Law) The acquiring of property by other means than by inheritance; acquisition.
4. The act of gaining or regaining by successful struggle; as, the
conquest of liberty or peace.
The Conquest (Eng. Hist.), the subjugation of England by William of Normandy in 1066. The Norman Conquest.
Syn. -- Victory; triumph; mastery; reduction; subjugation; subjection.
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