moral victory


: the achievement of something that is important and good
Although they lost, the minority claimed the vote as a moral victory since they had won the support of so many former opponents.

Examples of moral victory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s just a moral victory for a franchise that no longer tolerates them. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 16 Apr. 2024 The underdogs in those games went just 2-6 straight up, but 5-3 against the spread (not that any fan base is taking a moral victory from covering the spread this late in the season). Andrew Birkle, Detroit Free Press, 25 Jan. 2024 That was a moral victory because a costly mistake on an element in the short program a year ago had left her in 11th place, giving her a steep climb to her eventual fifth-place finish. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Unfortunately, this was a standard Patriots loss — close, but not quite. Related: A moral victory? Globe Staff,, 11 Sep. 2023 That moral battle, that moral victory, is maybe even more obvious than the political victory. Vulture, 8 Sep. 2023 There is no moral victory in being a lone boycotter. John Hodgman, New York Times, 6 July 2023

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“Moral victory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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