[vik-tuh-ree, vik-tree]
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.

1275–1325; Middle English victorie < Latin victōria, equivalent to victōr-, stem of victor victor + -ia -y3

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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victory (ˈvɪktərɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  final and complete superiority in a war
2.  a successful military engagement
3.  a success attained in a contest or struggle or over an opponent, obstacle, or problem
4.  the act of triumphing or state of having triumphed
[C14: from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from vincere to subdue]

Victory (ˈvɪktərɪ)
1.  another name (in English) for Victoria
2.  another name (in English) for Nike

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. victorie, from L. victoria, from pp. stem of vincere (see victor). V.E. ("victory in Europe") and V.J. ("victory in Japan") days in WWII were first used Sept. 2, 1944, by James F. Byrne, U.S. director of War Mobilization.
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Idioms & Phrases


see pyrrhic victory.

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Example sentences
The epidemics get the blame for defeat, the generals get the credit for victory.
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.
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