• They brought her home in triumph, a merry sight to see
    They brought her home in triumph, a merry sight to see
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v triumph to express great joy "Who cannot exult in Spring?"
    • v triumph dwell on with satisfaction
    • v triumph prove superior "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight"
    • v triumph be ecstatic with joy
    • n triumph 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"
    • n triumph the exultation of victory
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tablet. From “The Triumph of Maximilian.” Tablet. From “The Triumph of Maximilian.”
Horseman. From “The Triumph of Maximilian.” Horseman. From “The Triumph of Maximilian.”

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Triumph (Rom. Antiq) A magnificent and imposing ceremonial performed in honor of a general who had gained a decisive victory over a foreign enemy.
    • Triumph A state of joy or exultation for success. "Great triumph and rejoicing was in heaven.""Hercules from Spain
      Arrived in triumph , from Geryon slain."
    • Triumph A trump card; also, an old game at cards.
    • Triumph Hence, any triumphal procession; a pompous exhibition; a stately show or pageant. "Our daughter,
      In honor of whose birth these triumphs are,
      Sits here, like beauty's child."
    • Triumph Success causing exultation; victory; conquest; as, the triumph of knowledge.
    • Triumph To be prosperous; to flourish. "Where commerce triumphed on the favoring gales."
    • Triumph To celebrate victory with pomp; to rejoice over success; to exult in an advantage gained; to exhibit exultation. "How long shall the wicked triumph ?""Sorrow on thee and all the pack of you
      That triumph thus upon my misery!"
    • v. t Triumph To obtain a victory over; to prevail over; to conquer. Also, to cause to triumph. "Two and thirty legions that awe
      All nations of the triumphed word."
    • Triumph To obtain victory; to be successful; to prevail. "Triumphing over death, and chance, and thee, O Time.""On this occasion, however, genius triumphed."
    • Triumph To play a trump card.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n triumph In Roman antiquity, a procession and religious ceremony in honor of a victory and the victorious leader. This, the highest military honor which a Roman commander could attain, was granted by the senate to such as, holding the office of dictator, consul, or pretor, had secured a decisive victory or the complete subjugation of a province. In the triumph the general, crowned with laurel, and having a scepter in one hand and a branch of laurel in the other, entered the city of Rome in a chariot drawn by four horses, preceded by the senate and magistrates, musicians, the spoils, the captives in fetters, etc., and followed by his army on foot, in marching order. The procession advanced in this order along the Via Sacra to the Capitol, where a bull was sacrificed to Jupiter and the laurel wreath was deposited in the lap of the god. Banquets and other entertainments concluded the solemnity, which was generally brought to a close in one day, though in later times it sometimes lasted for three days. Duriug the time of the empire the emperor himself was the only person who could claim a triumph. A naval triumph differed in no respect from a military triumph, except that it was on a smaller scale, and was marked by the exhibition of beaks of ships and other nautical trophies. An ovation was an honor inferior to a triumph, and less imposing in its ceremonies.
    • n triumph A public festivity or display of any kind, as an exhibition of masks; a tournament, stately procession, or pageant; a spectacle.
    • n triumph The state of being victorious; the flush of victory.
    • n triumph Successful enterprise or consummation; achievement; conquest.
    • n triumph Joy or exultation for success; great gladness; rejoicing.
    • n triumph A card of a suit which outranks all others; a trump. See trump, 1.
    • n triumph An old game of cards, from which whist is probably derived; trump. See ruff and trump, 2.
    • n triumph See the quotation and tarot.
    • n triumph Synonyms Joy, Delight, etc. (see gladness), jubilee, jubilation.
    • triumph To enjoy a triumph, as a victorious general; ride in a triumph; celebrate successful achievement.
    • triumph To gain a victory; achieve success; prevail.
    • triumph To rejoice for victory; exult or boast.
    • triumph To take a trick; trump.
    • triumph To shine forth; make a brilliant show.
    • triumph To succeed in overcoming; prevail over; subdue; conquer.
    • triumph To cause to triumph; give victory to.
    • triumph To exult over; boast over.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Triumph trī′umf in ancient Rome, a solemn procession in honour of a victorious general: joy for success: victory:
    • v.i Triumph to celebrate a victory with pomp: to rejoice for victory: to obtain victory: to be prosperous: to boast, exult (with over):
    • v.t Triumph (Milt.) to boast over
    • n Triumph (Milt.) a token of victory
    • n Triumph trī′umf (Shak.) a trump card
    • v.i Triumph (Shak.) to shine brightly
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  • Pierre Corneille
    “We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Truly has it been said; that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. triumphus, OL. triumpus,; of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. a procession in honor of Bacchus: cf. F. triomphe,. Cf. Trump at cards


In literature:

He triumphed over the Volscians and AEquans: his troops followed him in his triumph.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
Quisante came to her, wreathed in triumph.
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
I'll look on him, and I'll triumph.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
Had not his life, then, been one long triumph?
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Rene entered Nancy in triumph, and relieved the citizens from the famine from which they had long suffered.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Barbara turned to me; there was a gleam of triumph in the depths of her dark eyes.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
Marduk triumphs over Ashur.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
The triumph would be sweet; she could not for the moment think of any seriousness in what she did.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
Little matter who won now, if in the end the right triumphed.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
Their triumphs were the triumphs of the nation.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent

In poetry:

Thou art indeed a happy one,
And hast a charmed life,
A noble triumph thou hast won,
A bright-eyed Poet's wife.
"To A Poet's Wife" by James Avis Bartley
Arise, my soul, my joyful powers,
And triumph in my God;
Awake, my voice, and loud proclaim
His glorious grace abroad.
"Hymn 82" by Isaac Watts
And doubts and darkness now are fled:
Ye mourners! mourn not for the dead;
The dead have triumphed. Come and see
The trophies of their victory.
"The Resurrection" by John Bowring
Then let Love his triumph have,
And Suspition such a grave,
As not to moove.
While wished freedome brings that blisse
That you enjoy what all joy is
Happy to Love.
"62" by Mary Wroth
I love thee, Lord; and if I yield to fears,
Nor trust with triumph that pale doubt defies,
Remember, Lord, 'tis nigh two thousand years,
And I have never seen thee with mine eyes!
"I See Thee Not" by George MacDonald
O CELIA! dear unhappy maid,
Forbear the weakness to upbraid
Which ought your scorn to move;
I know this beauty false and vain,
I know she triumphs in my pain,
Yet still I feel I love.
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld

In news:

Courtesy of the artists, MAC, Moscow, and Triumph Gallery, Moscow.
Enigma, 1988 Sonic Youth have had a long, brilliant career making trippy art punk, and this is their triumph.
President Obama triumphed on Tuesday.
Which is somehow both his challenge and his triumph.
When looking for inspiration, most songwriters to go well-used emotional wells – triumph or loss, love or heartbreak.
BMW F800GS vs Triumph Tiger 800 XC MC Comparo.
I discuss the triumphs and challenges of being my own boss.
The catch gave the Browns a 10-6 lead on their way to a 20-12 triumph at Paul Brown Stadium.
Paul Simon's tribute at BAM was a triumph.
Fresh from her triumph at the Grammys, Dee Dee Bridgewater brings Lady Day to Lansing.
Triumph for Seawolves is one for their announcer.
The sequencing of the human genome is often described as a triumph akin to landing on the moon.
Mora's Chavez triumphs in Pecos .
Virgin's Triumph smartphone vs Sprint's Photon .
After battling for more than two years to regain the job that was taken away from her in 1990 on charges of corruption and incompetence, Benazir Bhutto appeared today to be on the brink of triumph to return as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

In science:

It would be a great triumph for cosmology if the neutrino mass hierarchy were finally revealed by the distribution of large-scale structures in the Universe.
Weighing Neutrinos with Large-Scale Structure
Despite the recent triumphs of neutrino physics, several fundamental questions remain to be answered to advance the field itself and its impact in general on the whole particle and nuclear physics, as well as astrophysics and cosmology.
Neutrinoless double beta decay and direct searches for neutrino mass
Einstein’s relativistic triumph of 1905 and its follow-up in 1915 altered the course of science.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
In the past four decades, we have witnessed a second triumph for Einstein, in the systematic, high-precision experimental verification of his theories.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
The explanation of the anomalous perihelion shift of Mercury’s orbit was another of the triumphs of GR.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment