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[vik-tuh-ree, vik-tree]
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noun, plural vic·to·ries.
  1. a success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war.
  2. an engagement ending in such triumph: American victories in the Pacific were won at great cost.
  3. the ultimate and decisive superiority in any battle or contest: The new vaccine effected a victory over poliomyelitis.
  4. a success or superior position achieved against any opponent, opposition, difficulty, etc.: a moral victory.
  5. (initial capital letter) the ancient Roman goddess Victoria, often represented in statues or on coins as the personification of victory.
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Origin of victory

1275–1325; Middle English victorie < Latin victōria, equivalent to victōr-, stem of victor victor + -ia -y3
Related formsvic·to·ry·less, adjectivenon·vic·to·ry, noun, plural non·vic·to·ries.su·per·vic·to·ry, noun, plural su·per·vic·to·ries.

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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.

Antonyms for victory

1–3. defeat.
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Related Words for victory

hit, advantage, achievement, sweep, winning, gain, defeat, triumph, control, prize, conquest, upset, killing, supremacy, dominion, overthrow, superiority, ascendancy, destruction, subjugation

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noun plural -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
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Word Origin for victory

C14: from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from vincere to subdue


  1. another name (in English) for Victoria 3
  2. another name (in English) for Nike
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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].

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Idioms and Phrases with victory


see pyrrhic victory.

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