Definition of triumph in English:
- His greatest triumph was undoubtedly his achievement in training Laois ladies to win the All Ireland senior title three years ago.
- He vowed to speed up his controversial land reform programme, saying his victory was a triumph against British ‘imperialism’.
- Nevertheless, I do get a sense from the trailer of a resounding triumph and victory when all is said and done.
- On your journey, you pass a distractingly large billboard that features a 30-foot high poster of a man clasping the Premiership trophy in triumph.
- She watched miserably as the two men collected their prizes in triumph.
- He returned to Paris in triumph, where he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honour by Charles X and subsequently made a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
- I raised my arms in triumph, whooped with joy and ran round the courtyard in celebration.
- She looks down on it with triumph and satisfaction.
- She was safe, for the time being, and her family hugged her tightly, in triumph and relief and gladness.
- Such proceedings are confidential and, in response to misgivings, the process has been defended both as historically very successful and as a triumph of pragmatism over principle.
- Whatever the meaning, the painting is a small knockout, a triumph of the allegorical imagination.
- It is a triumph of modern technology and construction and an example of the best collaboration between engineering and architecture.
- Such was the fate of the Vandal king, Gelimir, paraded through Constantinople in 534 in a procession evoking the triumphs of ancient Rome.
- He took many senators to Britain with him, to prevent their plotting against him in his absence, and once the required victory had been secured, he returned to Rome for his triumph.
- He returned to Rome in 166, when he and Marcus celebrated a triumph together.
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- The 49-year-old part-timer from Perth had triumphed over some of the best known and most commercially successful photographers in the country.
- However, Ireland triumphed over her injuries to achieve the competitive edge she enjoys today.
- The cowboy always showed that good triumphed over evil and I truly believe that youngsters subconsciously absorbed the moral force for good inherent in the stories.
- I closed the drawer, I hopped and gloated and laughed, triumphing, completely maniacal, demoniac.
- Listeners will be invited to stroll down memory lane this week as the station celebrates its 15 years at this frequency with special programming triumphing their contribution to the local listening scene.
- As usual, under such circumstances in the country, they triumphed a little too soon.
- Caesar triumphed at Rome four times in the same month, with a few days between each triumph.
- Of the ancient forum where Cicero spoke and Caesar triumphed, there remain only ruins scattered across an enclave around which swirls the modern city.
Late Middle English: from Old French triumphe (noun), from Latin triump(h)us, probably from Greek thriambos 'hymn to Bacchus'. Current senses of the verb date from the early 16th century.
trump from early 16th century:
The word trump, ‘a playing card of the suit chosen to rank above the others’, is an alteration of triumph, which was once used in the same sense. The Latin source of triumph (Late Middle English) triumphus probably came from Greek thriambos ‘hymn to the god Bacchus’. In ancient Rome a triumph was the grand entry of a victorious general into the city. In some card games the trump suit is chosen before each game, while in others it is the suit of the last card dealt, which is turned over to show its face. This gives rise to the phrases come or turn up trumps, ‘to produce a better outcome than expected’, reinforced by the fact that a hand with many trump cards is likely to be a winning hand. In the expression the last trump, trump is a form of trumpet (Middle English). The instrument had strong military associations and comes ultimately from the same source as trump. Officers making public announcements would sometimes blow a blast on a trumpet to get people's attention. To blow your own trumpet comes from the idea of going out into a public space and making an announcement about yourself.
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