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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Using a four-run first inning, the team cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Cyclones to snap a three-game losing streak. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Back home, IronBirds snap losing skid with 6-1 win over Brooklyn," 12 July 2018 Toledo, 23, came up the inside to guide Silhouette LLC's Bowsprit ($8.80) to victory in the third race, a $24,000 starter optional claimer over the Fort Marcy turf course., "Digest (July 8): 23-year-old jockey Jevian Toledo excelling at Laurel Park," 8 July 2018 Djokovic’s victory in the 2016 French Open and the preceding Australian Open, the highlight of which was his four-set defeat over Federer in the semis, gave the Serb a staggering 12 major titles altogether. Andrew Lawrence, The Atlantic, "What’s Going on With Novak Djokovic?," 30 June 2018 Ocasio-Cortez’s victory is sending shockwaves through the Democratic Party. Josh Hoxie, Fortune, "What Ocasio-Cortez’s Win Says About the Rise of the Left," 27 June 2018 Alex Wong/Getty Images Anti-immigration sentiment fueled Donald Trump’s shocking primary victory and seemed to have won him some crucial votes in critical 2016 swing states. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Support for immigration is surging in the Trump era," 5 July 2018 Mexico’s last victory over Brazil came in 2012 in a friendly match at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Mexico fails again to get to World Cup ‘quinto partido’," 2 July 2018 Trump’s victory instead allowed Republicans to first solidify the court’s existing conservative majority, and now push it even further to the right. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Anthony Kennedy’s Great Legacy: His Exit," 27 June 2018 Over the course of the season, Luke and Bushmaster slug it out, with victories on both sides of the aisle. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Luke Cage's' Breakout Star on Bringing Season 2's Villain to Life," 27 June 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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