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[vik-tuh-ree, vik-tree] /ˈvɪk tə ri, ˈvɪk tri/
noun, plural victories.
a success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war.
an engagement ending in such triumph:
American victories in the Pacific were won at great cost.
the ultimate and decisive superiority in any battle or contest:
The new vaccine effected a victory over poliomyelitis.
a success or superior position achieved against any opponent, opposition, difficulty, etc.:
a moral victory.
(initial capital letter) the ancient Roman goddess Victoria, often represented in statues or on coins as the personification of victory.
Origin of victory
1275-1325; Middle English victorie < Latin victōria, equivalent to victōr-, stem of victor victor + -ia -y3
Related forms
victoryless, adjective
nonvictory, noun, plural nonvictories.
supervictory, noun, plural supervictories.
3. Victory, conquest, triumph refer to a successful outcome of a struggle. Victory suggests the decisive defeat of an opponent in a contest of any kind: victory in battle; a football victory. Conquest implies the taking over of control by the victor, and the obedience of the conquered: a war of conquest; the conquest of Peru. Triumph implies a particularly outstanding victory: the triumph of a righteous cause; the triumph of justice.
1–3. defeat. Unabridged
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  • The epidemics get the blame for defeat, the generals get the credit for victory.
  • Next it is a lively and cheerful presage of our happy success and victory.
  • Widening your ticket's margin of victory or narrowing its margin of defeat is equally pointless.
  • When he comes to the podium to make his victory speech after his latest defeat, he radiates ecstatic kindliness.
  • But even winning there does not guarantee a victory for a criminal defendant.
  • The decision is a victory for the university, which had argued that the jury made a mistake.
  • But in asymmetrical warfare, the test of victory is asymmetrical too.
  • But a declaration of victory for safe, clean water is highly premature.
  • In the simplest terms, the process represents the victory of gravity over pressure.
  • So they tend to linger on the story of their victory when they return to the hallways of the campus that almost was no more.
British Dictionary definitions for victory


noun (pl) -ries
final and complete superiority in a war
a successful military engagement
a success attained in a contest or struggle or over an opponent, obstacle, or problem
the act of triumphing or state of having triumphed
Word Origin
C14: from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from vincere to subdue


another name (in English) for Victoria3
another name (in English) for Nike
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Word Origin and History for victory

early 14c., from Old French victorie, from Latin victoria, from past participle stem of vincere (see victor). V.E. ("victory in Europe") and V.J. ("victory in Japan") days in World War II were first used Sept. 2, 1944, by James F. Byrne, U.S. director of War Mobilization ["Washington Post," Sept. 10, 1944].

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