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

Examples of triumphalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web May 3, 2024 London The horn of official triumphalism still sounds unabated in Iran, nearly three weeks after the Islamic Republic launched an unprecedented barrage, from Iranian soil, of more than 300 missiles and drones at Israel. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2024 However, it must also be said that in its final moments, contrary to what most viewers might expect, the movie avoids empty triumphalism on the romantic front, forcing its protagonist to reassess his priorities without closing the door on the possibility of a rosier future. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 6 Apr. 2024 Yet such triumphalism cannot mask the deep fault lines underneath, which—unless recognized and addressed—will only widen in the years to come. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Composer Hans Zimmer’s drone-laden score never strikes a tone of triumphalism; so much of this movie’s tricky poise is his. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 The provocative marches through Muslim neighborhoods have prompted Modi’s critics to caution against growing Hindu triumphalism under his watch. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 This period of progressive triumphalism was short-lived, however. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 9 Nov. 2023 At the same time, victory can lead to prideful triumphalism that in its own way can distort what lies ahead. Ronald Suny, The Conversation, 3 Oct. 2023 Democrats celebrated the passage of some massive bills during last year’s legislative session, but their triumphalism at the time couldn’t change the fact that the measures related to infrastructure or prescription drug prices will take time to go into effect. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 7 Feb. 2023

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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 26 May. 2024.

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