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triumph

[trahy-uh mf, -uhmf] /ˈtraɪ əmf, -ʌmf/
noun
1.
the act, fact, or condition of being victorious or triumphant; victory; conquest.
2.
a significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory.
3.
exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.
4.
Roman History. the ceremonial entrance into Rome of a victorious commander with his army, spoils of war, and captives, authorized by the senate in honor of an important military or naval victory.
Compare ovation (def 2).
5.
a public pageant, spectacle, or the like.
verb (used without object)
6.
to gain a victory; be victorious; win.
7.
to gain mastery; prevail:
to triumph over fear.
8.
to be successful; achieve success.
9.
to exult over victory; rejoice over success.
10.
to be elated or glad; rejoice proudly; glory.
11.
to celebrate a triumph, as a victorious Roman commander.
verb (used with object)
12.
to conquer; triumph over.
Origin of triumph
900
before 900; Middle English triumphe (noun), Old English triumpha < Latin triump(h)us, perhaps < Etruscan < Greek thríambos hymn to Dionysus
Related forms
triumpher, noun
Synonyms
1. success. See victory. 3. jubilation, celebration. 6. succeed.
Antonyms
1. defeat, loss.
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  • The triumph of the Castle was completed by the capture of Neilson and the Sheares.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Her brother's and sister's triumph upon the difficulties into which they have plunged her.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Do you think that I am one to trifle with your heart, or to use it as a plaything for me to triumph by?

    Julian Home Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  • In the hour of triumph the government was doomed to receive a stunning blow.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • I did not come here to insult you; I did not come to triumph over you.

British Dictionary definitions for triumph

triumph

/ˈtraɪəmf/
noun
1.
the feeling of exultation and happiness derived from a victory or major achievement
2.
the act or condition of being victorious; victory
3.
(in ancient Rome) a ritual procession to the Capitoline Hill held in honour of a victorious general
4.
(obsolete) a public display or celebration
5.
(cards) an obsolete word for trump1
verb (intransitive)
6.
(often foll by over) to win a victory or control: to triumph over one's weaknesses
7.
to rejoice over a victory
8.
to celebrate a Roman triumph
Derived Forms
triumpher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French triumphe, from Latin triumphus, from Old Latin triumpus; probably related to Greek thriambos Bacchic hymn
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Word Origin and History for triumph
n.

late 14c., from Old French triumphe (12c.), from Latin triumphus "achievement, a success, procession for a victorious general or admiral," earlier triumpus, probably via Etruscan from Greek thriambos "hymn to Dionysus," a loan-word from a pre-Hellenic language. Sense of "victory, conquest" is c.1400.

v.

late 15c.; see triumph (n.). Related: Triumphed; triumphing.

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