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

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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Recent Examples on the Web His lone rushing touchdown came in the closing minutes of a Week 3 blowout victory over Georgia Southern. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 7 Jan. 2022 Biden took Wisconsin by a .7 percent margin, but the narrow win was similarly secured by his predecessor in the 2016 race when Donald Trump won a .7 percent margin victory over Hillary Clinton. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 7 Jan. 2022 The Blue Demons, who had received 43 votes in that week’s Associated Press poll, were minutes away from a victory that would earn them a spot in the Top 25. James Kay,, 7 Jan. 2022 After quarterback Lamar Jackson’s flip into the end zone, rookie Odafe Oweh’s forced fumble, and the Ravens’ fourth-down conversion to seal a comeback victory, Naomi Cullison made sure her husband lived up to his jest. Ryan Mcfadden,, 7 Jan. 2022 Walsh Jesuit has a victory over Berea-Midpark but a loss to Strongsville. Joe Magill, cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 The Eagles didn’t clear .500 again until a 34-10 victory over the New York Giants on Dec. 26 lifted their record to 8-7. Mark Inabinett |, al, 7 Jan. 2022 Congress was months away from passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, banning discrimination on the basis of race, and a victory for Poitier was so desired in Hollywood that even one of his Oscar competitors, Paul Newman, was rooting for him. Hillel Italie, ajc, 7 Jan. 2022 County Judge Lina Hidalgo in a news conference following the ruling Thursday called the decision a victory for public health and affirms the authority of local health officials to put measures in place to control the spread of coronavirus. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 6 Jan. 2022

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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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9 Jan 2022

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“Victory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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

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.

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