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n. pl. vic·to·ries
1. A defeat of an enemy or opponent: Napolean had many victories in battle.
2. A success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle: a victory over his greatest fear.
a. The state or fact of having defeated an opponent or of having achieved success: soldiers entering the city in victory.
b. Exultation or celebration at defeating an opponent or accomplishing something: raised her hands in victory as she crossed the finish line.

[Middle English, from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from victor, victor; see victor.]
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n, pl -ries
1. (Military) final and complete superiority in a war
2. (Military) 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
[C14: from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from vincere to subdue]


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) another name (in English) for Victoria3
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) another name (in English) for Nike
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(ˈvɪk tə ri, ˈvɪk tri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. a triumph over an enemy in battle or war.
2. a success or superior position achieved against any opponent, opposition, difficulty, etc.: a moral victory.
[1275–1325; victorie < Latin victōria=victōr-, s. of victor victor + -ia -y3]
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See also conflict.

Obsolete, the process of conquering or defeating; achieving victory.
celebration of victory with songs and clamor.
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(see also SUCCESS.)

bear away the bell To be the winner; to carry off the palm; to be preeminent. The old custom of presenting a golden or silver bell to the winner of a race or other contest is the source of hear away the hell. It can be used interchangeably with hear the bell (EXCELLENCE) when the emphasis is on the sense of being best, rather than first or victorious. Lose the bell, the opposite of bear away the bell, means to ‘be soundly defeated.’

bear the palm To be the best; to win, to come out on top. The allusion is to the practice at the Roman Games of presenting a victorious gladiator or winner of one of the games with a palm branch as a symbol of victory. George Chapman used the phrase in his famous translation of Homer’s Iliad (1611).

bring home the bacon To succeed, to win the prize; to earn the money, to be the breadwinner. Country fairs often had contests in which a greased pig was awarded to whoever could catch it. The phrase probably stems from the custom.

carry the day To win out in a struggle or competition, usually one of some duration, such as a political campaign or legislative tug of war. The phrase carry it ‘to win the battle, bear the palm’ appeared earlier than carry the day, which too was used first in this more literal fighting sense. The expression implies a series of skirmishes of undecided outcome, a seesawing of ascendancy before a definitive result is ascertained.

Garrison finish A spectacular victory against all odds, a finish in any kind of race or contest in which the winner comes from behind at the last possible moment. This expression, in use since 1892, takes its name from Snapper Garrison, a 19th-century American jockey who was known for winning in this manner. Although first applied only to horse racing, the term now denotes an impressive come-from-behind victory in any sport.

get the whetstone To be proclaimed the paramount liar; to receive a prize for telling the greatest falsehood. This expression is derived from medieval lying contests in which the greatest liar was awarded a whetstone to hang around his neck. Thomas Lupton discusses the lying sessions in Too Good to Be True (1580):

Lying with us is so loved and allowed, that there are many times gamings and prizes therefore purposely, to encourage one to outlie the other. And what shall he gain that gets the victory in lying? He shall have a silver whetstone for his labour.

Apparently the whetstone, a rock used to sharpen tools, emerged as the prize for this unusual competition because of its figurative association with sharpness.

By the reading of witty arts (which be as the whetstones of wit).

(Robert Recorde, The Pathway of Knowledge, 1551)

Although get the whetstone is now an obsolete expression, whetstone retains its figurative sense despite its infrequent use in literature since the early 1800s.

Let them read Shakespeare’s sonnets, taking thence a whetstone for their dull intelligence. (Percy Shelley, Epipsychidian, 1821)

take the cake See OUTDOING.

whitewash To prevent the opponents from scoring any points. The idea of “no score” in this informal Americanism is conveyed by the image of a whitewashed ‘clean, having no marks’ scoreboard.

Gene Costello pitched a three-hitter in whitewashing Beaumont with only two men getting as far as third base. (Daily Ardmoreite, May 5, 1948)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.victory - a successful ending of a struggle or contestvictory - 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"
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
success - an event that accomplishes its intended purpose; "let's call heads a success and tails a failure"; "the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs"
win - a victory (as in a race or other competition); "he was happy to get the win"
pin, fall - when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
independence - the successful ending of the American Revolution; "they maintained close relations with England even after independence"
landslide - an overwhelming electoral victory; "Roosevelt defeated Hoover in a landslide"
last laugh - ultimate success achieved after a near failure (inspired by the saying `he laughs best who laughs last'); "we had the last laugh after the votes were counted"
Pyrrhic victory - a victory that is won by incurring terrible losses
slam, sweep - winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
checkmate - complete victory
romp, runaway, shoo-in, walkaway, blowout, laugher - an easy victory
service break - a tennis game won on the opponent's service
waltz, walk-in - an assured victory (especially in an election)
defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
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noun win, success, triumph, the prize, superiority, conquest, laurels, mastery, walkover (informal) His players deserved this famous victory.
defeat, failure, loss
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The act of conquering:
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chiến thắng


[ˈvɪktərɪ] Nvictoria f, triunfo m (over sobre) they celebrated their victory over Arsenal/the Labour Partycelebraron su victoria or triunfo sobre el Arsenal/el Partido Laborista
victory Vla V de la victoria
to win a famous victoryobtener un triunfo señalado
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nvictoire f
to win a victory over sb → remporter une victoire sur qn
modif [celebration, dance, parade, rally, salute, sign, speech] → de la victoire victory lapvictory lap ntour m d'honneur
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nSieg m; to gain or win a victory over somebody/somethingeinen Sieg über jdn/etw erringen, jdn/etw besiegen; his final victory over his feardie endgültige Überwindung seiner Angst
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[ˈvɪktrɪ] nvittoria
to win a victory over sb → riportare una vittoria su qn
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(ˈviktə) noun
the person who wins a battle or other contest.
vicˈtorious (-ˈtoː-) adjective
successful or winning. the victorious army; Which team was victorious?
vicˈtoriously adverb
ˈvictoryplural ˈvictories noun
(a) defeat of an enemy or rival. Our team has had two defeats and eight victories; At last they experienced the joy of victory.
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نَصْر vítězství sejr Sieg νίκη victoria voitto victoire pobjeda vittoria 勝利 승리 overwinning seier zwycięstwo vitória победа seger ชัยชนะในการสงคราม zafer chiến thắng 胜利
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Though the troops were ill-clad, exhausted, and had lost a third of their number in killed, wounded, sick, and stragglers; though a number of sick and wounded had been abandoned on the other side of the Danube with a letter in which Kutuzov entrusted them to the humanity of the enemy; and though the big hospitals and the houses in Krems converted into military hospitals could no longer accommodate all the sick and wounded, yet the stand made at Krems and the victory over Mortier raised the spirits of the army considerably.
As a mark of the commander in chief's special favor he was sent with the news of this victory to the Austrian court, now no longer at Vienna (which was threatened by the French) but at Brunn.
"You do not know who Victory is?" she asked, in astonishment.
He must make an offering to the lions at dawn before he can take Victory. The taking of a queen requires a human offering!"
He that seeketh victory over his nature, let him not set himself too great, nor too small tasks; for the first will make him dejected by often failings; and the second will make him a small proceeder, though by often prevailings.
You I advise not to peace, but to victory. Let your work be a fight, let your peace be a victory!
The long lances, the heavy maces, the sixbladed battle axes, and the well tempered swords of the knights played havoc among them, so that the rout was complete; but, not content with victory, Prince Edward must glut his vengeance, and so he pursued the citizens for miles, butchering great numbers of them, while many more were drowned in attempting to escape across the Ouse.
Hence, he who attacks the Turk must bear in mind that he will find him united, and he will have to rely more on his own strength than on the revolt of others; but, if once the Turk has been conquered, and routed in the field in such a way that he cannot replace his armies, there is nothing to fear but the family of this prince, and, this being exterminated, there remains no one to fear, the others having no credit with the people; and as the conqueror did not rely on them before his victory, so he ought not to fear them after it.
By means of these seven considerations I can forecast victory or defeat.
"Then I die satisfied!" said Wolfe, and expired in the arms of victory.
Many lusty blows, much more pleasant as well as easy to have seen, than to read or describe, were given on both sides: at last a violent fall, in which Jones had thrown his knees into Thwackum's breast, so weakened the latter, that victory had been no longer dubious, had not Blifil, who had now recovered his strength, again renewed the fight, and by engaging with Jones, given the parson a moment's time to shake his ears, and to regain his breath.
You haven't told me!" she inquired, trying to conceal her triumph at the victory, which had anyway been on her side.