• IPA: /iˈvɪns/, /ɛˈvɪns/, /ɪˈvɪns/

evince (evinces, present participle evincing; past and past participle evinced)

  1. (transitive) To show or demonstrate clearly; to manifest.
    • 1661, Robert Boyle, The Sceptical Chymist, London: J.M. Dent & New York: E.P. Dutton, Everyman's Library, 1911, p. 26,
      For you will find in the progress of our dispute, that I had some reason to question the very way of probation imployed both by peripatetics and chymists, to evince the being and number of the elements.
    • 1796, J[ohn] G[abriel] Stedman, chapter III, in Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America; […], volume I, London: J[oseph] Johnson, […], and J. Edwards, […], OCLC 13966308 ↗, page 60 ↗:
      To evince the abſurdity of that prejudice which conſiders human creatures as brutes, merely becauſe they differ from ourſelves in colour, I muſt beg leave to mention a few of the principal ceremonies that attended the ratification of this peace.
    • 1815, Mungo Park, Travels in the Interior of Africa, Cassell: 1893, Chapter VI,
      ‘That unless all the people of Kasson would embrace the Mohammedan religion, and evince their conversion by saying eleven public prayers, he, the king of Foota-Torra, could not possibly stand neuter in the present contest, but would certainly join his arms to those of Kajaaga.’
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗, page 296 ↗:
      Quite an excellent repast consisting of rashers and eggs, fried steak and onions, done to a nicety, delicious hot breakfast rolls and invigorating tea had been considerately provided by the authorities for the consumption of the central figure of the tragedy who was in capital spirits when prepared for death and evinced the keenest interest in the proceedings from beginning to end [...]
    • 1925, DuBose Heyward, Porgy, London: Jonathan Cape, 1928, pp. 89-90,
      As the game proceeded it became evident that Porgy's luck was with him; he was the most consistent winner, and Sportin' Life was bearing most of the burden. But the mulatto was too good a gambler to evince any discomfiture.
    • 1973, Oliver Sacks, Awakenings, New York: Vintage, 1999, p. 169,
      When Mrs C. described this to me the next day she shuddered all over, but also evinced, in her manner and choice of words, an unmistakable relish.
    • 1992, Adam Thorpe, Ulverton, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994, p. 239,
      Bare reportage cannot convey the deep hatred sometimes evinced between men through the simplest address.
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