victory

noun

vic·​to·​ry ˈvik-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce victory (audio)
plural victories
1
: the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist
2
: achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English victorie, from Anglo-French, from Latin victoria, from victor

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of victory was in the 14th century

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“Victory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/victory. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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victory

noun
vic·​to·​ry ˈvik-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce victory (audio)
plural victories
1
: the overcoming of an enemy or opponent
2
: success in a struggle

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