triumph

[trahy-uhmf, -uhmf]
noun
  1. the act, fact, or condition of being victorious or triumphant; victory; conquest.
  2. a significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory.
  3. exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.
  4. Roman History. the ceremonial entrance into Rome of a victorious commander with his army, spoils of war, and captives, authorized by the senate in honor of an important military or naval victory.Compare ovation(def 2).
  5. a public pageant, spectacle, or the like.
verb (used without object)
  1. to gain a victory; be victorious; win.
  2. to gain mastery; prevail: to triumph over fear.
  3. to be successful; achieve success.
  4. to exult over victory; rejoice over success.
  5. to be elated or glad; rejoice proudly; glory.
  6. to celebrate a triumph, as a victorious Roman commander.
verb (used with object)
  1. to conquer; triumph over.

Origin of triumph

before 900; Middle English triumphe (noun), Old English triumpha < Latin triump(h)us, perhaps < Etruscan < Greek thríambos hymn to Dionysus
Related formstri·umph·er, noun

Synonyms for triumph

1. success. See victory. 3. jubilation, celebration. 6. succeed.

Antonyms for triumph

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Contemporary Examples of triumphed

Historical Examples of triumphed

  • To him, the wonderful thing was that the slave had triumphed over his owner.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The assistant was on his mettle, and either failed or triumphed.

  • Even on the days when he triumphed in his workshops, disaster awaited him at home.

  • And, by the frailty of those they have triumphed over, they judge of all the rest.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I triumphed; and for a time enjoyed my success, and the advantages that it brought me.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for triumphed

triumph

noun
  1. the feeling of exultation and happiness derived from a victory or major achievement
  2. the act or condition of being victorious; victory
  3. (in ancient Rome) a ritual procession to the Capitoline Hill held in honour of a victorious general
  4. obsolete a public display or celebration
  5. cards an obsolete word for trump 1
verb (intr)
  1. (often foll by over) to win a victory or controlto triumph over one's weaknesses
  2. to rejoice over a victory
  3. to celebrate a Roman triumph
Derived Formstriumpher, 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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Word Origin and History for triumphed

triumph

n.

late 14c., from Old French triumphe (12c.), from Latin triumphus "achievement, a success, procession for a victorious general or admiral," earlier triumpus, probably via Etruscan from Greek thriambos "hymn to Dionysus," a loan-word from a pre-Hellenic language. Sense of "victory, conquest" is c.1400.

triumph

v.

late 15c.; see triumph (n.). Related: Triumphed; triumphing.

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