vic·to·ry | \ ˈvik-t(ə-)rē \
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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The 29-year-old Hedwall is looking for her first LPGA Tour victory., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 France had one day less than Portugal to recover from its semifinal victory in 2016. John Leicester,, "Five reasons why France will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018 Croatia’s team members ascribe their victories to a tough mentality, born of national struggle. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 All that sweat and then Thorp made his victory look easy on the final hole. Tod Leonard,, "Aussie grinds out Junior World win; Taiwan girl cruises," 13 July 2018 Somehow, Croatia has found a way to make this bottleneck of talent work, even using all five of its midfield stars in the same game during its victory over Denmark. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 France hasn’t needed any extra time in its three knockout round victories; Croatia, meanwhile, needed extra time and penalty shots to get by Denmark and Russia, and scored in the 109th minute against England. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Elliott is on the verge of his first Cup Series win, Kyle Larson is bound to have his first 2018 victory, but Ford and Toyota have control of the series. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 reasons 2018 is one of the weirdest NASCAR seasons," 12 July 2018 After their victory in 1714 in the War of the Spanish Succession, in which most of the Catalan elite had ended up backing the losing Austrian side, the victorious Bourbons imposed an absolute and unitary monarchy. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018

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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 \
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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