Definition of triumph in English:

triumph

noun

  • 1A great victory or achievement.

    ‘a garden built to celebrate Napoleon's many triumphs’
    • ‘The Party's third election victory was a triumph over the media class.’
    • ‘Our achievements and triumphs are incredible.’
    • ‘Hitler refused to accept the Allied victory as a triumph with strategic dimensions.’
    • ‘Prokofiev conceived it ‘as a symphony of the greatness of human spirit’; a triumph of victory over adversity at the end of the Second World War.’
    • ‘The victory was a tactical triumph for the German, who started a season-low sixth on the grid.’
    • ‘His greatest triumph was undoubtedly his achievement in training Laois ladies to win the All Ireland senior title three years ago.’
    • ‘But those triumphs are not his most extraordinary achievement.’
    • ‘But this victory will eclipse both those recent triumphs.’
    • ‘The feeling and display of joy in England since Saturday morning was way beyond what it would have been had the triumph been achieved by a combined British team.’
    • ‘The victory repeated their triumph at the same tournament in 1998.’
    • ‘They returned to the palace, tired, weary, and many fewer than they had started out with, but flushed with the triumph of victory.’
    • ‘Her victory was an unlikely triumph for a woman who lay backstage crying before the curtain had even gone up.’
    • ‘He vowed to speed up his controversial land reform programme, saying his victory was a triumph against British ‘imperialism’.’
    • ‘Twenty-four years on a play written by a Knockmore man to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the triumph has achieved the same level of acclaim as the team that inspired it.’
    • ‘The play-off triumph was also achieved despite half of the side being unavailable because of a school trip and the team falling 2-0 behind after just five minutes.’
    • ‘Five speeches within the first 190 lines of the play feature his triumphs and victories on the battlefield.’
    • ‘Some of Brazil's triumphs have been achieved in spite of their goalkeepers rather than because of them.’
    • ‘Every day, little triumphs and major victories unfold throughout the country.’
    • ‘That's why their cultural achievements are on a par with our sporting triumphs - few and prized as a consequence.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, I do get a sense from the trailer of a resounding triumph and victory when all is said and done.’
    victory, win, conquest, success
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    1. 1.1mass noun The state of being victorious or successful.
      ‘the king returned home in triumph’
      • ‘A team of young St John Ambulance volunteers has returned in triumph to York after winning a national quiz competition for the fifth time.’
      • ‘After live rather unequal rounds, the audience was allowed to vote for the winner, who was then awarded a victory sash and led off 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.’
      • ‘The difference is that on this day, an old classmate of theirs is returning in triumph to the old neighbourhood.’
      • ‘So many of these brave men and women have returned in triumph as heroes; and we must only now comprehend how wandering Achilles is flawed.’
      • ‘So the 35-year-old Californian, who'd had a moderate year in the Majors, finished in triumph.’
      • ‘His mission is only to arrange a cease-fire so that the President may pull his army out of the cities in triumph without having offered any concessions to them.’
      • ‘Last night, he returned to parliament, in triumph.’
      • ‘Although the Wasps were beaten 30-14 at South Leeds Stadium, it was their best performance in weeks and almost ended in triumph.’
      • ‘She watched miserably as the two men collected their prizes in triumph.’
      • ‘So the Jacobite army entered London in triumph.’
      • ‘By rights, the tent should have been half full; instead it was rammed, proof that despite the sniping from the music press, Travis had mobilised an army and returned to their home patch in triumph.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On June 14 troops marched into the town in triumph to take prisoner 12,000 defeated and hungry troops.’
      • ‘After several months of floods, gales, tantrums, and boisterous whisky parties, he returned in triumph to a London which was already agog at his endeavour.’
      • ‘Flying Scotsman will return to Yorkshire in triumph next month, when it is the star attraction at the NRM's Railfest celebrations, which mark the bicentenary of the train.’
      • ‘It then toured the entire country before returning in triumph to Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre, selling out the 600 seats night after night.’
    2. 1.2mass noun Joy or satisfaction resulting from a success or victory.
      ‘‘Here it is!’ Helen's voice rose in triumph’
      • ‘Her two male vice-presidents threw their arms in the air in triumph.’
      • ‘The rider cries out in exultation, arms up in triumph.’
      • ‘He asked the audience to join in at the appropriate time and at the closing everyone yelled out the DJ's name in triumph.’
      • ‘I raised my arms in triumph, whooped with joy and ran round the courtyard in celebration.’
      • ‘Jason simply brushed his hands together and smiled in triumph.’
      • ‘The boy ducked, then danced off in triumph, waving his trophy, and the crowd shouted.’
      • ‘In the end he took the pencil and I grinned in triumph.’
      • ‘The two singers also won the nation's heart; their beautiful voices and endearing characters had viewers weeping tears of joy as they sang in triumph.’
      • ‘They march victorious across the world, beating their drums in triumph.’
      • ‘He punched the air in triumph as I passed him his towel.’
      • ‘She looks down on it with triumph and satisfaction.’
      • ‘It was a joy to see the huge smile on her face as she approached the line and from a photographer's point of view, it was even better when she raised her hands in triumph.’
      • ‘He punched the air in triumph and exclaimed ‘Wow!’’
      • ‘He isn't overwhelmed with triumph, or joy, or even relief.’
      • ‘When that came to a crashing halt, he raised his arms in triumph, much to the delight of the audience.’
      • ‘Laughing in triumph, Shanza had laid back and squirmed to get comfortable, then drifted off again, his sleep successfully dreamless.’
      • ‘In triumph, he picks people up, hugs them, shouts with glee; in defeat, his face carries a frightening scowl and the pearly teeth disappear from view.’
      • ‘And then he put the tiny cellular phone back in his pocket and jumped in triumph, like a victorious athlete.’
      • ‘Within minutes, the Healer produced a small scrap of parchment, and grinned in triumph.’
      • ‘She was safe, for the time being, and her family hugged her tightly, in triumph and relief and gladness.’
      jubilation, exultation, elation, rejoicing, delight, joy, joyfulness, happiness, glee, pride, satisfaction
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    3. 1.3 A highly successful example of something.
      ‘the marriage had been a triumph of togetherness’
      • ‘Whatever the meaning, the painting is a small knockout, a triumph of the allegorical imagination.’
      • ‘I tip my hit to the current subway map, which I find useful, helpful, and plenty attractive - a triumph of design, at least in my book.’
      • ‘In an age governed by regulation and timidity, where originality is all too often swamped by political correctness, this building will stand as a triumph of individuality.’
      • ‘Supporters of GM crops see them as a triumph of scientific progress, allowing farmers to increase production, combat pests, and cut down on harmful pesticide.’
      • ‘It's fresh, a triumph of spirit, like spring sun undeterred by dirt-encrusted windows, first breath of morning against your naked spine.’
      • ‘It was a triumph of organisation and entertainment, a crowd-pleaser from start to finish and an event that will ensure the golfing status of Fota Island as a matter of course.’
      • ‘If that happens, it may well be a triumph of biographical scholarship, but it's apt to have literary consequences too.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now the construction, known as Fishgate, stands proudly at the gateway to the city - a triumph of modern architecture and a symbol of the area's fishing heritage.’
      • ‘But in fact Miss Bates is a triumph of style, because she has her own unruly style, which is a part of Austen's prim one.’
      • ‘In part, this reflected a triumph of assimilation.’
      • ‘This book is a triumph of self-effacing scholarship.’
      • ‘In this alone it stands as a triumph of contrarianism.’
      • ‘This exhibition is a triumph of painting indeed.’
      • ‘It is a triumph of modern technology and construction and an example of the best collaboration between engineering and architecture.’
      • ‘The scene was a triumph of decorum, until Harmon, an enormous cat, entered the room, carrying a dead goldfish.’
      • ‘It was not, however, a triumph of thoroughly disciplined cricket, of well constructed sessions of play or of an overwhelming superiority over the host nation.’
      • ‘He then goes on to do his own ‘crowing’, that the new treaty is regarded by the French, as a triumph of British negotiation, and that is why they are complaining.’
      • ‘But it was a triumph of vitality and of politicised desire.’
      • ‘The Woman in White is one of the triumphs of Victorian literature.’
      tour de force, masterpiece, supreme example, coup, marvellous feat, feather in one's cap, wonder, sensation, master stroke
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  • 2The processional entry of a victorious general into 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.’
    • ‘Agricola circumnavigated the island, was ordered to Rome, and celebrated his triumph.’
    • ‘Such was the fate of the Vandal king, Gelimir, paraded through Constantinople in 534 in a procession evoking the triumphs of ancient Rome.’
    • ‘Octavian went ahead with his triumph, when the procession through Rome bore an image of Cleopatra with a snake ostentatiously clamped to her arm.’

verb

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  • 1Achieve a victory; be successful.

    ‘they had no chance of triumphing over the Nationalists’
    • ‘By bringing together persons who have triumphed over the disease, the organisers expect to dispel several misconceptions about cancer.’
    • ‘Most of the 50 said no, leaving the impression that political correctness had triumphed over open debate.’
    • ‘The secessionists triumphed in the early months of 1861, but the contest between these groups would continue even after these states left the Union.’
    • ‘At Lincoln, in May 1217, the ageing regent, William Marshal, triumphed in battle against the rebels.’
    • ‘Nature certainly triumphed over nurture in David's case.’
    • ‘However, Ireland triumphed over her injuries to achieve the competitive edge she enjoys today.’
    • ‘In fact after the first round of this season's NBA play-offs, no lower-seeded team has triumphed over its favoured competition.’
    • ‘In the first four books, good has largely triumphed over evil but the outcome of the eagerly-awaited book five is not known.’
    • ‘In the final lines of the play she seems more excited by having triumphed over her rival than by having regained her husband's love, an emotion that is undervalued throughout.’
    • ‘In case you're curious, Ian triumphed over Larry because of his wittier dialogue, which, as someone observed, is the real way to slay your opponents.’
    • ‘Commentators analysed how the Japanese industrial model had triumphed over its rivals.’
    • ‘Having lost a close match with Somerset by two wickets last week, Kent have slipped into the third relegation place and if Yorkshire beat them it will mean they have triumphed over the current bottom four clubs.’
    • ‘The nation has triumphed over a very difficult patch, and if the current economic gains are anything to go by, there is need to maintain industrial harmony.’
    • ‘The 49-year-old part-timer from Perth had triumphed over some of the best known and most commercially successful photographers in the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She led her wave from start to finish and triumphed over this Olympic distance event, which includes a 1500m swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run.’
    • ‘As Oscar Wilde once said, experience has triumphed over hope but men still have needs.’
    • ‘Her contemporaries wrote books in which a hero, bent on a specific goal, triumphed over, or was defeated by, geography.’
    • ‘The awards were organised by the Memorial Fund to honour young people who have triumphed over adversity.’
    • ‘They were modest, hard-working, genuine individuals, some of whom had triumphed over what life had dealt them and some of whom had simply felt compelled to do something.’
    win, succeed, be successful, come first, be the victor, be victorious, gain a victory, carry the day, carry all before one, prevail, take the crown, take the honours, take the prize, come out on top
    defeat, beat, conquer, trounce, vanquish, best, worst, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, get the better of, gain ascendancy over, gain mastery of
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    1. 1.1 Rejoice or exult at a victory or success.
      ‘she stopped triumphing over Mrs Ward's failure’
      • ‘The orators who had advocated the war loudly triumphed in the seeming fulfilment of their sanguine predictions.’
      • ‘As usual, under such circumstances in the country, they triumphed a little too soon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I closed the drawer, I hopped and gloated and laughed, triumphing, completely maniacal, demoniac.’
      crow, gloat, swagger, brag, boast
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  • 2(of a Roman general) ride into ancient Rome after a victory.

    • ‘Of the ancient forum where Cicero spoke and Caesar triumphed, there remain only ruins scattered across an enclave around which swirls the modern city.’
    • ‘Caesar triumphed at Rome four times in the same month, with a few days between each triumph.’

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.

Pronunciation

triumph

/ˈtrʌɪʌmf/