Definition of triumph in English:

triumph

Line breaks: tri|umph
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪʌmf
 
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noun

1A great victory or achievement: a garden built to celebrate Napoleon’s many triumphs
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  • 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.
Synonyms
victory, win, conquest, success; achievement; ascendancy, mastery
1.1 [mass noun] The state of being victorious or successful: the king returned home in triumph
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  • 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.
1.2 [mass noun] Joy or satisfaction resulting from a success or victory: ‘Here it is!’ Helen’s voice rose in triumph
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  • 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.
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1.3A highly successful example of something: the marriage had been a triumph of togetherness
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  • 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.
Synonyms
tour de force, masterpiece, supreme example, coup, marvellous feat, feather in one's cap, wonder, sensation, master stroke; Frenchcoup de maître
informal hit, knockout
2The processional entry of a victorious general into ancient Rome.
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  • 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.

verb

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1Achieve a victory; be successful: they had no chance of triumphing over the Nationalists
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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.
Synonyms
win, succeed, be successful, come first, be the victor, be victorious, gain a victory, carry the day, carry all before one, prevail, take the honours/prize/crown, come out on topdefeat, beat, conquer, trounce, vanquish, best, worst, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, get the better of, gain ascendancy over, gain mastery of; bring someone to their knees, prevail against, subdue, subjugate
informal lick
US informal own
1.1Rejoice or exult at a victory or success: she stopped triumphing over Mrs Ward’s failure
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  • 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.
Synonyms
crow, gloat, swagger, brag, boast; exult, rejoice, celebrate, revel, glory
rare jubilate
2(Of a Roman general) ride into ancient Rome after a victory.
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  • 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.

Origin

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.

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