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1A person who defeats an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.
winner, champion, conqueror, vanquisher, conquering hero, heroprizewinner, medallist, cup winner, prizemanconquistadorvictor ludorumchamp, top dog, number oneView synonyms
- ‘Silsden Park Rangers held their nerve against Lindley Swifts and came away the victors in a high scoring encounter.’
- ‘It carries the spray of foam, beer foam, through the air and into the hair of the victors.’
- ‘Compare this with how the victors over France acted after its defeat in the Napoleonic wars.’
- ‘It divided people into groups of the victors and the vanquished, bearing hatred for each other.’
- ‘In doing so she became the first Russian to win Wimbledon and one of the tournament's youngest-ever victors.’
- ‘After three games in nine days Bolton eventually ended up victors in this game at Villa Park.’
- ‘There is a danger that we think of peace settlements as being about the relations between victors and vanquished alone.’
- ‘Australia were clear victors in the Rugby League World Cup last year.’
- ‘No sooner was peace signed than the victors began to squabble among themselves.’
- ‘Whatever the outcome expect little more than a score or two to separate victors and vanquished at the end.’
- ‘Britain and France emerged from the war as victors, but as completely impoverished victors.’
- ‘He said the Health Service Reform would be achieved in a way that would not result in victors or vanquished.’
- ‘The winner of each repechage then faces the runner-up in the other, with the two victors awarded bronze medals.’
- ‘The victors of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece were awarded crowns made of olive branches.’
- ‘Towards the end of the war, the victors founded the United Nations at the San Francisco conference.’
- ‘This was tremendously enjoyable and Balla were the victors in the fun game.’
- ‘In a democracy, there are no losers, or victors for democracy encourages competition.’
- ‘If England can set more challenging totals, they could yet make the leap from plucky losers to deserved victors.’
- ‘To the victors, the perfume was the fragrance of victory - but for the prisoners it was the stench of death.’
- ‘When the two sides met earlier in the competition, Garrymore were victors by a large margin.’
2A code word representing the letter V, used in radio communication.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French victo(u)r or Latin victor, from vincere conquer.
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