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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Savor small victories, both emotional and physical. Nancy Richardson Fischer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power of Not Naming My Disorder," 3 Dec. 2018 Midway halted Japan’s string of victories in the Pacific. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Director of “Independence Day” is Taking on the Battle of Midway," 29 Aug. 2018 Before the finals of September 8 and 9, expect to witness the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, a few unthinkable upsets, and likely some raucous behavior in the stands. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "How to Prepare for the U.S. Open? Let’s Ask a Pro," 27 Aug. 2018 Six metro stops are (temporarily) renamed in honor of the victory, according to Reuters. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How France is Celebrating Its World Cup Victory," 16 July 2018 Whoever wins the primary, however, will have a strong chance of victory in November in this predominantly Democratic district. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 Challenger Liz Walsh saw her margin of victory over incumbent Jon Weinstein grow from two votes to six. Pamela Wood,, "Recount under way in Baltimore County executive primary race," 12 July 2018 There wasn’t even a victory, as the Padres lost 3-2 in the finale of a four-game series against the Dodgers. Kevin Acee,, "Tyson Ross gives Padres win in loss to Dodgers," 12 July 2018 Ball State hasn't beaten Northern Illinois since 2008 and the Huskies' average margin of victory is 18.3 points versus the Cards. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 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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