vic·​to·​ry | \ ˈvik-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce victory (audio) \
plural victories

Definition of victory

1 : the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist
2 : achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties

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Choose the Right Synonym for victory

victory, conquest, and triumph mean a success in a competition or struggle. victory is used for a win over an opponent or over difficult problems. Doctors won a victory over disease. conquest means the act of overcoming and gaining control over someone or something. We're studying Rome's conquests in Britain. triumph is used of an especially great victory that brings honor and glory. The outcome of the battle was a triumph for the general.

Examples of victory in a Sentence

The general led the troops to victory. They had never experienced the thrill of victory. The passage of the law was a tremendous victory for their cause. It was a decisive victory for the army.
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However, that one victory was, of course, over Liverpool last year., "Napoli vs Liverpool: 8 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Champions League Clash," 17 Sep. 2019 On hand to witness the victory was former Broncos coach Tim Steigerwald, who stepped down after a 16-year tenure for family reasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho Bernardo’s 118th straight golf win a state record," 16 Sep. 2019 Lake Forest’s 13-0 road victory Friday against Mundelein was a good indicator that the Scouts had righted the ship following a week two loss. Steve Reaven,, "Football notebook: Lake Forest shuts out Mundelein, gets back on track," 15 Sep. 2019 If military victory is unattainable and surrender unpalatable, that leaves only one option: more negotiation. The Economist, "America will have to resume negotiations with the Taliban eventually," 14 Sep. 2019 Munguia’s victory was his first with Morales in his corner as head trainer, months after moving on from De La Hoya’s former trainer Robert Alcazar. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Jaime Manguia dominates in TKO victory over Patrick Allotey," 14 Sep. 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore Orioles: By the Numbers The Orioles’ 7-3 victory Wednesday was just their second win in 10 games this month. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore Orioles odds, picks and betting tips," 12 Sep. 2019 The victory was Baltimore's 47th of the season, matching its total from last year. David Ginsburg, Houston Chronicle, "Jonathan Villar hits MLB record-setting HR in Orioles' win over Dodgers," 11 Sep. 2019 So isn’t this a victory for Americans in general, and skeptics of military action in particular? Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Firing John Bolton Doesn’t Make You a Pacifist," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of victory

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for victory

Middle English victorie, from Anglo-French, from Latin victoria, from victor

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English Language Learners Definition of victory

: success in defeating an opponent or enemy
: the act of defeating an opponent or enemy


vic·​to·​ry | \ ˈvik-tə-rē How to pronounce victory (audio) \
plural victories

Kids Definition of victory

1 : the act of defeating an enemy or opponent
2 : success in a struggle against difficulties

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