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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Other Words from triumphalism

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

Examples of triumphalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now the Indian Prime Minister is being harshly criticized for premature triumphalism amid a terrible surge that has people dying in the streets. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 His successes felt more like catharsis than triumphalism. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 All just for laughs, of course, but a certain strain of triumphalism runs through those conclusions, a trend that apexed years later when The Good Place fixed the universe. Darren Franich,, 26 Mar. 2021 To watch the crown prince’s promotional video is to be immersed in a distinctively Saudi form of arrogance, blending religious triumphalism and royal grandiosity. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2021 The new president didn’t touch on any of this, not a note of triumphalism, and only a few cautious and circumspect references to the turmoil and chaos of the past four years. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2021 Unlike many other key figures in the Covid-19 team still in good standing with President Donald Trump, Slaoui disdained the unwarranted triumphalism and on-camera sycophancy the President requires of his subordinates. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 Dec. 2020 That ambient mirroring is familiar—think of the fatuous boomer triumphalism of the Clinton years, or George W. Bush’s blithe swaggering sadism, or Obama’s coolly virtuosic nihilism. David Roth, The New Republic, 17 Nov. 2020 The shows fit into a broader narrative of triumphalism, which has been bolstered by China’s efforts to restart its economy. Vivian Wang, New York Times, 6 Nov. 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 22 Jun. 2021.

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