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triumph

[ trahy-uhmf, -uhmf ]
/ ˈtraɪ əmf, -ʌmf /
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noun
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to conquer; triumph over.
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Origin of triumph

First recorded before 900; Middle English triumphe (noun), Old English triumpha, from Latin triump(h)us, perhaps from Etruscan, from Greek thríambos “hymn to Dionysus”

synonym study for triumph

1. See victory.

OTHER WORDS FROM triumph

tri·umph·er, noun
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What does triumph mean?

To triumph is to win, succeed, or be victorious in an epic or spectacular way.

Sometimes, it means to conquer. In this case, it’s often used with the word over. An army can triumph over enemy forces. In stories, good triumphs over evil. A person might be said to triumph over cancer. Triumph is especially used in situations in which victory or success has come after great difficulty, adversity, or sacrifice, or over an opponent considered difficult to defeat.

Triumph is also commonly used as a noun meaning an especially significant or noteworthy victory or success, as in Their championship was a triumph—a win that places them among the all-time greats. A person’s moment of triumph is the moment when they finally achieve victory or success.

Triumph can refer to the state of winning or being victorious, as in They returned to their hometown in triumph, entering to the cheers of the adoring crowd. 

Sometimes, triumph refers to the state of joy or celebration following a victory or success that is considered a triumph, as in A feeling of triumph filled her as she realized she had won the election. 

Triumph can also be used to refer to something that is a great achievement, as in Her latest novel is her greatest triumph—a masterpiece in every way. 

The adjective triumphant means experiencing, celebrating, or having achieved a triumph. The adjective triumphal means involving, relating to, or celebrating a triumph.

Example: We will not rest until we reach our moment of triumph—when we finally triumph over the forces of evil.

Where does triumph come from?

The first records of the word triumph come from before 900. It ultimately comes from the Greek thríambos, meaning “hymn to Dionysus,” the Greek god of wine and celebration.

A triumph is an epic win. The word is especially used in the context of victory in battles and things that are likened to battles—such as sporting events and long bouts with serious illnesses. The word usually refers not only to the victory, but to the celebration of that victory.

The word triumph is sometimes used in a much more specific way to refer to the ceremonial parade held in Ancient Rome to celebrate a victorious general and his army.

Paris’s famous Arc de Triomphe (“Arch of Triumph”) is a triumphal arch that was constructed to honor Napoleon’s victorious armies.

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How is triumph used in real life?

Triumph is typically used in situations involving epic or spectacular victories or successes. It is commonly used as both a verb and a noun.

 

Try using triumph!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of triumph?

A. victory
B. win
C. loss
D. success

How to use triumph in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for triumph

triumph
/ (ˈtraɪəmf) /

noun
verb (intr)

Derived forms of triumph

triumpher, noun

Word Origin for triumph

C14: from Old French triumphe, from Latin triumphus, from Old Latin triumpus; probably related to Greek thriambos Bacchic hymn
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