Origin of triumphant
OTHER WORDS FROM triumphanttri·um·phant·ly, adverbun·tri·um·phant, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH triumphanttriumphal, triumphant
Words nearby triumphant
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What does triumphant mean?
Triumphant means experiencing, celebrating, or having achieved a triumph—an especially significant or noteworthy victory or success.
Triumph is also commonly used as a verb meaning 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, and triumphant is used in the same way. An army can be triumphant over enemy forces. In stories, good is triumphant over evil. A person might be said to be triumphant over cancer.
Triumphant 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.
Triumphant can describe a person who is or has been victorious, as in They returned to their hometown triumphant, entering to the cheers of the adoring crowd.
Sometimes, triumphant describes the state of joy or celebration following a victory or success that is considered a triumph, as in A triumphant feeling filled her as she realized she had won the election.
Triumphant can describe something considered a great achievement, as in Her latest novel is triumphant—a masterpiece in every way.
The similar adjective triumphal means involving, relating to, or celebrating a triumph.
Example: We will not rest until we are triumphant—when we finally victorious over the forces of evil.
Where does triumphant come from?
The first records of the word triumphant come from the late 1400s. Triumph is first recorded much earlier, 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. Triumphant 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. It can be used to describe not only the victor and the victory, but also the celebration of that victory. To make a triumphant entrance is to enter a place as a winner, especially in celebration.
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What are some other forms related to triumphant?
- triumphantly (adverb)
- triumph (noun)
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How is triumphant used in real life?
Triumphant is typically used in situations involving epic or spectacular victories or successes—and the celebrations that follow.
"Unlike their celebrated American and British comrades, Canadian veterans of World War II are rarely remembered in triumphant narratives because there were far fewer of them. Jewish Canadians even less so, but they should be." https://t.co/N2EZDI8CRq
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 8, 2019
Moving to NY was a challenge, but as soon as I arrived I knew things would work. For my first game, Cosmos x Dallas Tornado, the stadium neighborhood was closed for ticket owners, with extra seats and new parking spaces. It was a "triumphant debut". I felt at home! 🇺🇸🏠 pic.twitter.com/jOK8qZNikl
— Pelé (@Pele) October 17, 2020
Filming Cleopatra's triumphant entrance into Rome. pic.twitter.com/sPShY2i2Zp
— Old Hollywood 🎬 (@oldhollywoodz) June 4, 2017
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How to use triumphant in a sentence
We’ve spent seven episodes waiting for this poor child to get his surgery, so it should be a triumphant moment.Julianne Nicholson Breaks Down the ‘Mare of Easttown’ Finale’s Tragic Twist|Kevin Fallon|May 31, 2021|The Daily Beast
Shot over a five-year period, the movie tracks her triumphant return to the comedy stage, as well as the rekindling of her relationship with her children, with whom she had lost contact 15 years before.Trans performers blend success, visibility in two new docs|John Paul King|May 27, 2021|Washington Blade
Shot over a period of five years, this inspirational doc tracks Julia’s triumphant comeback, the rough life on the road, and the complex process of reuniting with her children, as her comedy becomes a shared language of identity, healing, and joy.
The dynamic contrasts give these paintings, despite being touched by pain, a triumphant vitality.In the galleries: A painful, political take on the art of cruel shoes|Mark Jenkins|April 9, 2021|Washington Post
As the story moves forward, those two main characters keep switching roles until the narrative turns into a cage fight where only one of them will walk out triumphant.‘Who is Maud Dixon?’ In this inventive thriller, you’ll be turning the pages to find out|Maureen Corrigan|April 2, 2021|Washington Post
The Russia in which Yakunin died was one of the church triumphant.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I spoke to Ruehli on Sunday by phone and was amazed by her triumphant tone.
Now San Bernardino County authorities have announced a triumphant conclusion to their lengthy investigation into the case.Family's Best Friend Charged With Murdering Them All|Nina Strochlic|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Patton is a triumphant representative of resistance in black America.
Even in their ultimate sorrow, Audra—and Billie—were triumphant.Billie Holiday, Barack Obama, and the Pain of Black Women|Joshua DuBois|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His neck looked as powerful as a bull's, and his rather small head was poised upon it with a sort of triumphant boldness.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
Upon his return to Capheaton from his triumphant battle on the hustings he had been as impassive as his traditions demanded.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The victorious Republicans hardly knew whether to sing triumphant songs or funeral dirges.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
With eyes still fixed intent upon the ground,I saw but her, whose artless innocence,Triumphant took possession of this heart.The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi|Giacomo Leopardi
Nor could he ever forget standing there in Sergeant McGinty's office while the sergeant did a bit of triumphant gloating.
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