triumphalism

noun
tri·​um·​phal·​ism | \trī-ˈəm(p)-fə-ˌli-zəm \

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 \ noun or adjective

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The lower register displays a moment of triumphalism whose meaning may be keyed to the date of the Gemma’s making (A.D. 9-12): In the year 9, the Roman army conquered the Pannonians with Tiberius as general. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Man Among Gods," 21 Sep. 2018 Even so, history and hard experience tell us that a boom is not a time for triumphalism, especially for the guardians of financial stability at the Fed. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, "The Fault Lies in R-Star and in Ourselves," 25 Sep. 2018 And, as Mr Bandurski puts it, the genie of hype and triumphalism may not in the end be so easy to coax back into the lamp. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 It was laced through with hope and triumphalism, with a sense that the series was always about five seconds away from having star Elisabeth Moss flex her bicep in a Rosie the Riveter pose. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 was masterful. But it may have broken the show.," 11 July 2018 For most tech companies, that triumphalism continued all the way through the 2016 election, when revelations about misinformation and foreign meddling forced an industry-wide reckoning with its own power. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Civic Tech in a Time of Technopessimism," 25 June 2018 The noted political scientist and author Francis Fukuyama, a longtime admirer, began to accuse Krauthammer of blind triumphalism. Adam Bernstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018 The noted political scientist and author Francis Fukuyama, a longtime admirer, began to accuse Krauthammer of blind triumphalism. Adam Bernstein, latimes.com, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018 The noted political scientist and author Francis Fukuyama, a longtime admirer, began to accuse Krauthammer of blind triumphalism. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of triumphalism

1964, in the meaning defined above

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