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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The 35-year-old right-hander, signed to a $30 million two-year contract in free agency, remained unbeaten with his new team on Monday night, limiting the Oakland Athletics to two hits over seven shutout innings of a 6-2 victory. Fred Goodall,, "Charlie Morton pitches Rays to 6-2 victory over Oakland and into first place in AL East," 11 June 2019 Jachec battled and struck out six, but the Mustangs scored in the bottom of the seventh inning on an error for a 3-2 victory in the Class 4A third-place game at DuPage Medical Group Field in Joliet. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "'I couldn't be more proud': Indiana State recruit Matt Jachec battles on mound as Hampshire finishes 4th," 11 June 2019 Botswana’s High Court in Gaborone voted unanimously on Tuesday to overturn colonial-era laws criminalizing homosexuality, a landmark ruling that is being hailed as a victory by LGBTQ activists in Africa. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "In Landmark Ruling, Botswana Strikes Down Colonial-Era Law Criminalizing Homosexuality," 11 June 2019 Qualification for the World Cup -- Argentina's first since 2007 -- came via a playoff victory against Panama. Aimee Lewis And George Ramsay, CNN, "Draw secures Argentina its first point in Women's World Cup history," 10 June 2019 Instead, Trump has a win that is likely more than a mere PR victory. The Editors, National Review, "A Win at the Border," 10 June 2019 Teachers union leaders hailed the governor’s willingness to convene the task force as a victory. Howard Blume,, "California moves toward new limits on charter schools," 10 June 2019 Instead, getting the extradition law passed in Hong Kong would represent a major victory—and cement its ever-firmer grip on the city. Mary Hui, Quartz, "China used to find it too humiliating to send Hong Kong extradition requests," 10 June 2019 The Diamondbacks finished a noncompetitive sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a noncompetitive victory on Sunday afternoon. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks sweep Blue Jays, gear up for first-place Phillies," 9 June 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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