- 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
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Examples from the Web for victory
And the bells chimed for victory at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.Why I’m for the War on Christmas
December 23, 2014
On May 9, which Moscow commemorates as World War II “Victory Day,” Klaus paid a highly visible visit to the Russian Embassy.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
Besides, victory fever had spread like wildfire throughout the Allied armies.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
“We draw no victory from leaving these issues unresolved,” Adler said.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson
December 2, 2014
At first glance, it might be tempting to interpret this extravagant level of compensation as a victory for the once-humble intern.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months
November 25, 2014
But what is the real value, what will be the consequences, of our victory?
Every victory for human freedom will be a victory for world peace.
In January, 1876, the Herzegovinians gained a victory over the Turkish troops.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The victory which is merely a walk-over is scarcely a victory.The Conquest of Fear
"Nobody but you and me," Burke declared, all agog with anticipation of victory at last.Within the Law
- 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 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].
Idioms and Phrases with victory
see pyrrhic victory.