Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Defeat of an enemy or opponent.
  • n. Success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle.
  • n. The state of having triumphed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instance of having won a competition or battle.
  • v. To achieve a victory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The defeat of an enemy in battle, or of an antagonist in any contest; a gaining of the superiority in any struggle or competition; conquest; triumph; -- the opposite of defeat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The defeat or overcoming of an antagonist in a contest or an enemy in battle; triumph.
  • n. The advantage or superiority gained in any contest, as over passions, or over temptations, or in any moral or spiritual struggle.
  • n. A female deity of the Greeks and Romans, the personification of success in battle or in any active struggle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a successful ending of a struggle or contest

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from victor, victor; see victor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English victory, victorie, from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from victor ("victor"). Displaced native Middle English siȝe, sye ("victory") (from Old English siġe ("victory")), Old English sigor ("victory, triumph"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Yes," he murmured, "thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory -- _the victory_ -- victory!"

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  • "The council shall assist the major party candidates and the president-elect by making every reasonable effort to facilitate the transition between administrations," Bush's order said. and a few more hosannah's ... world sees obama's victory as a new beginning for america* world celebrates barack obama victory* around the world, obama triumph lifts battered US image* the world reacts to president-elect obama: 'a new deal for a new world'* propelled by internet, obama wins presidency* how will president obama wield his vast internet army?

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  • "I'm confident that we can use the word victory right now, which obviously sounds very good for the first elected Asian mayor of the city," Mr. Lee said to reporters in City Hall.

    Interim San Francisco Mayor Wins Vote

  • In teh end, a McCain victory is a loss for all Americans.

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  • It's rather interesting here, Lou, that the term victory has changed meaning.

    CNN Transcript Nov 20, 2006

  • With Beckham, who arrived in 2007, Irish striker Robbie Keane and Donovan in the squad, the side has three 'designated players' paid above salary cap restrictions and anything less than a title victory would have been deemed a failure.

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  • The Galaxy deserved the victory after dominating the contest to secure a title victory that validates the franchise's lucrative investment in a star-studded roster.

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  • Gary Speed front row, second right made his professional debut for Leeds United in 1988 and four years later played a key role in their title victory as part of a midfield that also comprised Gordon Strachan, Gary McAllister and David Batty

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