tri·​um·​phal·​ism | \ trī-ˈəm(p)-fə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce triumphalism (audio) \

Definition of triumphalism

: an attitude or feeling of victory or superiority: such as
a : the attitude that one religious creed is superior to all others
b : smug or boastful pride in the success or dominance of one's nation or ideology over others

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triumphalist \ trī-​ˈəm(p)-​fə-​list How to pronounce triumphalist (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of triumphalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, Földényi closely follows Dostoyevsky, who had seen the Crystal Palace built, in London, for the 1851 Great Exhibition, and had shuddered with horror at this temple to capitalist triumphalism. James Wood, The New Yorker, "The Scholar Starting Brawls with the Enlightenment," 25 May 2020 For the Allies, there was a victory to celebrate, in November 1918, and triumphalism was the mood of the era. David Segal, New York Times, "Why Are There Almost No Memorials to the Flu of 1918?," 14 May 2020 Ironically, perhaps, the British press—especially the Times, the Saturday Review and the Spectator—applauded the president’s preference for reconciliation over triumphalism. The Economist, "Immortal words The tragic genius of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural," 27 Feb. 2020 Since last year’s election handed Mr. Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party another term in power, many Indians feared a resurgence of communal violence, sparked by Hindu triumphalism and Muslim desperation. New York Times, "New Delhi Streets Turn Into Battleground, Hindus vs. Muslims," 25 Feb. 2020 Since last year’s election handed Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party another term in power, many Indians feared a resurgence of communal violence, sparked by Hindu triumphalism and Muslim desperation. Suhasini Raj,, "New Delhi streets turn into battleground during Trump’s visit," 25 Feb. 2020 Among China’s equity trading community, triumphalism is taking root. Fortune, "As world markets plunge into bear territory, China stock traders see only gains," 12 Mar. 2020 Unable to exonerate Trump, his lawyers resorted to making an appeal to blind triumphalism. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Impeachment and the Degrading of Presidential Accountability," 1 Feb. 2020 Historian Margaret MacMillan urged the government to avoid a tone of triumphalism. Washington Post, "Ringing in Brexit? Plans to celebrate UK exit divide country," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of triumphalism

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Triumphalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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