tri·​um·​phal·​ism trī-ˈəm(p)-fə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce triumphalism (audio)
: an attitude or feeling of victory or superiority: such as
: the attitude that one religious creed is superior to all others
: smug or boastful pride in the success or dominance of one's nation or ideology over others
triumphalist noun or adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the new annexation of Ukrainian land, amid cascading Russian military failures and doubts of a Russian victory, has not evoked the same euphoric triumphalism. Robyn Dixon, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2022 But some Indian commentary carries an edge of ugly ethnic triumphalism. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 Normally, such partisan triumphalism is worth ignoring. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2022 Wilentz went on to argue that the very things that made Mr. McCullough’s books so accessible — a reliance on narrative at the expense of analysis, an implicit triumphalism, and a tendency to hero worship — worked to limit their intellectual value. Mark Feeney,, 8 Aug. 2022 The events of the past decade—the rise of Trump, the emergence of the #MeToo movement, the overturning of Roe v. Wade—have had a sobering effect on this sort of triumphalism. Zoë Heller, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Too much triumphalism, while boosting domestic morale, can undercut the urgency of appeals for more Western weaponry. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2022 And yet director Joseph Kosinski's soaring reboot managed to be, for all its retro American triumphalism and Mach 10 tricks, an oddly sweet and stirring experience. Leah Greenblatt,, 28 June 2022 All that said, Republican triumphalism about the Hispanic vote isn’t warranted, either. The Editors, National Review, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of triumphalism was in 1964

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“Triumphalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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