conquest

Alexander the Great's famous conquest of the Persian Empire was an act of conquering. For Casanova, on the other hand, a conquest was an act of seduction.

Conquest derives from the Vulgar Latin word conquaerere, meaning "to search for, procure by effort, or win." In addition to its most commonly used meanings — conquering and seduction — conquest has a third, less well-known meaning: a success in mastering something difficult, like the violin, for instance, or flying an airplane.

DEFINITIONS OF: conquest

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n the act of conquering

Synonyms:
conquering, subjection, subjugation
Examples:
Norman Conquest
the invasion and settlement of England by the Normans following the battle of Hastings (1066)
Type of:
capture, gaining control, seizure
the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

n success in mastering something difficult

“the conquest of space”
Type of:
success
an attainment that is successful

n an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone

Synonyms:
seduction
Types:
score, sexual conquest
a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse
cuckoldry
the practice of making cuckolds; sexual conquests of married women
Type of:
success
an attainment that is successful
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