Definition of evict in English:
- After evicting her, the landlord started renovations in hopes of raising the rent for the next tenant.
- I have now received a letter from the council evicting me from my property.
- If he is evicted and made homeless he is bound to commit suicide, for which the council will be squarely responsible.
late Middle English (in the sense 'recover property, or the title to property, by legal process'): from Latin evict- 'overcome, defeated', from the verb evincere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + vincere 'conquer'.
victory from (Middle English):
A medieval word that goes back to Latin victoria ‘victory’. The ultimate root was Latin vincere ‘to conquer’, also the source of convince (mid 16th century), convict (Late Middle English), evict (early 16th century), and vanquish (Middle English). Dig for Victory was a British slogan of the Second World War which urged people to grow their own food to make up for the loss of imports. A Pyrrhic victory is a victory won at too great a cost. It comes from Pyrrhus, a king of Epirus, part of present-day Greece. Pyrrhus invaded Italy in 280 bc and defeated the Romans at the battle of Asculum, though only after such heavy losses that after the battle he is said to have exclaimed: ‘One more such victory and we are lost.’ Queen Victoria, whose name is the Latin for ‘victory’, and whose long reign lasted from 1837 to 1901, gave her name to the Victorian era. A support for Victorian values, often summed up as hard work, social responsibility, and strict morality, is associated with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who said in 1983: ‘I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am.’
- Example sentences
- As a young man, he quit his job as the family tenant evictor and opted for a humbler life as a railway engineer.
- Nor is it being seized by a branch of government: the evictor is the New London Development Corporation, a private non-profit body.
- The young evictors - some brawny, some scrawny - seem to love flexing their muscles.
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