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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This week, Billboard announced that the power ballad from A Star Is Born took the number one slot on its Hot 100 chart, following the duo's Best Original Song victory and emotional performance at the Academy Awards last Sunday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Had the Sweetest Reaction When She and Bradley Cooper Topped the Billboard Chart," 6 Mar. 2019 No matter what your thoughts are on the results, the magician's victory marks the end of America's Got Talent: The Champions this year. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Shin Lim Is Who Won 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' and People Are Freaking Out," 19 Feb. 2019 Have the perfect pic celebrating your team's victory or just stuffing your face with wings? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "21 Super Bowl Instagram Captions Perfect for Game Day," 1 Feb. 2019 After the final seconds ticked off, Derek Carr ran straight to the Black Hole with several teammates before taking a victory lap around the Coliseum to celebrate with his fans. Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Raiders win possible final game in Oakland 27-14 vs. Broncos," 26 Dec. 2018 The way to victory lies in amassing precious Æmber. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable," 15 Dec. 2018 But several media outlets allowed Booker to continue his victory lap hours after it was revealed that the emails already had been cleared for release. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Media outlets celebrate Cory Booker's 'Spartacus' moment hours after it was proven to be inaccurate," 6 Sep. 2018 Elsewhere Instagram’s clone of Snapchat stories turned 2 on Wednesday, and CEO Kevin Systrom took a short victory lap in the press. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Fake news evolved into fake events, and the consequences are scary," 3 Aug. 2018 As such, taking a Porsche 911 for a spin on the Autobahn is quite the victory lap after flying one of the world’s best premium tickets. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "This First-Class Perk Lets You Drive a Porsche on the Autobahn," 1 Aug. 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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The first known use of victory was in the 14th century

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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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