• WordNet 3.6
    • n victory a successful ending of a struggle or contest "a narrow victory","the general always gets credit for his army's victory","clinched a victory","convincing victory","the agreement was a triumph for common sense"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Duquesne Victorious over Ruyter—446a Duquesne Victorious over Ruyter—446a
Touching the match to victory Touching the match to victory

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Nike comes from Greek Mythology. Nike is the goddess of victory and was often depicted as a small winged figure whom the goddess Athene carried
    • n Victory 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. "Death is swallowed up in victory .""God on our side, doubt not of victory .""Victory may be honorable to the arms, but shameful to the counsels, of a nation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On December 17 1991, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat 148-80, the largest margin of victory in an NBA game
    • n victory The defeat or overcoming of an antagonist in a contest or an enemy in battle; triumph.
    • n victory The advantage or superiority gained in any contest, as over passions, or over temptations, or in any moral or spiritual struggle.
    • n victory A female deity of the Greeks and Romans, the personification of success in battle or in any active struggle. She is represented as a winged woman, often bearing as attributes a palm-branch and laurel crown, or a trumpet. The subject is a very frequent one in ancient art, from some of the noblest of antique sculpture down to vase-paintings and figurines. Among the most notable examples are the reliefs from the balustrade of the temple of Wingless Victory at Athens, one of which is the well-known figure entitled “Victory Loosing her Sandal,” and the magnificent statue called the “Victory of Samothrace,” a Greek original of the fourth century B. C, attributed to the school of Scopas, found in the island of Samothrace, where it stood on a pedestal representing the prow of a trireme, and now one of the chief ornaments of the Louvre Museum. See Nike, cut in next column, and cut under Peloponnesian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At Will's first competition he competes with the sword, and after his first victory Jeff gives a little speech which recieves no response until one of Will's friends cheers. this was a mistake none of the extras spoke english and so missed their cue to start cheering, and needed a reminder from one of the lead actors. This scene was going to be shot but the director decided this was better than what they had planned.
    • Victory a conquering: success in any contest: a battle gained: a female deity of the Greeks personifying success in battle
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  • Aristotle
    “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The most dangerous moment comes with victory.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Wherever work is done, victory is attained.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “No matter how often you are defeated, you are born to victory.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Men talk as if victory were something fortunate. Work is victory.”
  • Ferdinand Foch
    Ferdinand Foch
    “The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.”


Hollow victory - A hollow victory is where someone wins something in name, but are seen not to have gained anything by winning.
Landslide victory - A landslide victory is a victory in an election by a very large margin.
Pyrrhic victory - A Pyrrhic victory is one that causes the victor to suffer so much to achieve it that it isn't worth winning.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. victorie, OF. victorie, victoire, F. victoire, L. victoria,. See Victor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—vincĕre, victum, to conquer.


In literature:

His victory was the victory of the Christians.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
A battle took place, Turnus and Latinus fell, and AEneas gained the victory and his father-in-law's kingdom as well.
"Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Cassius Dio
It is needless to say that the night following this victory was a crowning one in our preparatory football experiences.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
Victory was to have done the rest, but that victory was postponed by the retreat of the enemy.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
The idea of God, as it exists amongst Christian peoples, bears on its brow the certain sign of victory.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
It was a victory of bravery, but not a victory of result.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
England looked to them for victory.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
If the raven appeared to flap its wings when going into battle, victory seemed to them assured.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But it is no easy victory even now, and there is no lack of bravery on the part of the Americans.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
The victory, however, over the Hugonots, was at first pushed by the French king with great moderation.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume

In poetry:

These I remember, and how Thyrsis strove
For victory in vain. From that time forth
Is Corydon still Corydon with us.
"Eclogue 7: Meliboeus Corydon Thrysis" by Publius Vergilius Maro
Where is the victory of the grave?
What dust upon the spirit lies?
God keeps the sacred life he gave,--
The prophet never dies!
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
It says how glorious to be
Like children, without more delay,
The tender gladness it doth say
Of peace not bought with victory.
"Give Ear Unto The Gentle Lay" by Paul Verlaine
These I remember, and how Thyrsis strove
For victory in vain. From that time forth
Is Corydon still Corydon with us.
"Eclogue VII" by Virgil
My cause was just, the fight was sweet.
Go from me, O mine enemy,
Before, in shame of victory,
You find me kneeling at your feet.
"Victory" by Aline Murray Kilmer
'Twas Thy great power that wrought
This bloodless victory;
That brought th' enslaver's pow'r to naught,
And made Thy people free!
"Hymn, On The Celebration Of The Freedom Of The West Indies" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

Los Angeles – Rookie Nneka Ogwumike scored with 2.5 seconds remaining to lift the Los Angeles Sparks to a 67-65 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday night.
Record on Line for Agave Kiss in Victory Ride.
Shutout innings Tuesday night that Luke Hochevar smiling after a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros.
With an Obama victory, Wall Street pivots to plan B. Keepers of That Flame.
Coaches always want more, whether it's victories or the effort that can take them there.
ALL SAINTS' Academy's Taylor Ashcrafte_SNbSdelivers a spike against Victory Christian during the Saints' win on Tuesday.
Vianney Thibaut/Getty ImagesLindsey Vonn has earned nine of her 26 World Cup downhill victories at the Canadian track in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Patriots, Texans and Redskins all victorious on Thanksgiving.
Some Views of Mrs Thatcher's Victory.
Ship ballast law posts victory.
Scoring a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over rival Park Vista for the regional championship.
Another ACL has come and gone and I'm still standing – no small victory.
After a Tense Night, Bush Spends the Day Basking in Victory.
Bush may not be able to bask in his victory for long.
No, not Barack Obama's victory over Mitt Romney but Elizabeth Warren's Senate victory in Massachusetts.

In science:

Consequently, we have to define the conditions under which two potential paths neutralize each other, and when one is victorious.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems
The shaman declares victory: his prediction turned out to be correct, while Sophie’s was incorrect (it was off by 0.134 seconds).
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Jack in the Victory building, room A, can be represented as course (logic, monday, 9, 11, jack, victory, a). Using structured data, we can define a four-argument version of this fact as course (logic, time(monday, 9, 11),lecturer(jack), location(victory, a)).
Overcoming Misleads In Logic Programs by Redefining Negation
Congress, one fixing a Republican victory in the presidential election and one fixing a Democratic win; both are compared to a variable measuring each respondent’s “unconditional” preference over partisan control of Congress (that is, without conditioning on executive control).
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
The market crashed, and just before Wellington’s men arrived with the news of victory, Rothschild signaled his agents to buy all available consuls, at a fraction of their original price.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems