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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Recent Examples on the Web The 25th Congressional District had been held by Republicans until Hill’s 2018 victory., "News of the Day From Across the Nation," 25 Nov. 2019 Also on the list of Bearcats' issues this trip: Jaevin Cumberland played the final two games here despite a knee injury suffered in Friday's 66-65 victory against Illinois State. Fletcher Page,, "Cincinnati basketball surges late for Paradise Jam win against Valparaiso," 25 Nov. 2019 Among Carlson’s cherished memories are scoring 24 points in a victory over Boston College on Dec. 9, 1961, getting the better of his matchup with the Eagles’ Bill Donovan, father of the current Oklahoma City Thunder coach. Dom Amore,, "Dom Amore: Len Carlson helped hold together UConn men in 1963, and basketball remains his game," 25 Nov. 2019 The team’s victory Saturday over Argentine side River Plate has lifted the spirits of Brazilians after a period of economic stagnation and political infighting. Washington Post, "Fans of Brazil’s Flamengo celebrate Copa victory in Rio," 24 Nov. 2019 Hamler was knocked out of last week’s victory over Indiana with an undisclosed injury and did not return. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Penn State football’s KJ Hamler active against Ohio State," 23 Nov. 2019 The candidates are the 16-10 road win over the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 29 or last Sunday’s victory over an Eagles team missing its leading rusher and best wide receiver., "Facing Prescott, Watson, and Mahomes in consecutive weeks is good preparation for the Patriots to fine-tune for the postseason and find out where they really stand.," 22 Nov. 2019 The Rajapaksa government’s victory over the LTTE (in 2009) was total. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A Sri Lankan author remembers the easy, “mixed fruit” society before the civil war tore it apart," 22 Nov. 2019 In something of a tradition for Republicans brought to heel by Trump’s victory **cough Ted Cruz cough cough Mitt Romney**, the Ricketts seem to have made up with Trump, who touted Joe Ricketts’ new book on Twitter this week. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "tl;dr: Chicago’s top 50 restaurants, farewell to Sporty the dog and a test to prove how Chicago you are," 21 Nov. 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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The first known use of victory was in the 14th century

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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Victory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce victory (audio)

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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