One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.‘an election victory’mass noun ‘they won their heat and went on to victory in the final’as modifier ‘a victory celebration’
success, triumph, conquest, win, successful outcome, positive result, favourable result, landslide, achievement, coup, game, set, and matchView synonyms
- ‘The repeal of the boycott last week is only a small victory in a battle that is not yet over.’
- ‘Coventry came on the end of a successful run - eight victories in their last ten games.’
- ‘Their victory narrowed the gap at the top to just two points instead of being eight behind.’
- ‘The top two in Division Five had excellent victories in the only two games played.’
- ‘We supposedly go in as underdogs but if we win on French soil it will be a great victory for the club.’
- ‘The master alchemist of election victories claims to have detected a sea change in public opinion.’
- ‘The first phase of the war ended with victories beyond Japanese expectations.’
- ‘After some initial successes by the Italians, the Austrian armies began to win victories.’
- ‘Its creation marked a victory for the war party over the peace party led by the Earl of Essex.’
- ‘Both sides came out hoping the seal victory but again there was a long hard battle ahead.’
- ‘Her determination brought its reward with a number of junior tournament victories.’
- ‘He played in other chess tournaments too with some notable victories over leading players.’
- ‘It is also no good imagining that landslide victories are any guide to legitimacy.’
- ‘In the end it was the narrowest of victories as Harrington's game fell apart on the 16th.’
- ‘Black Tom Fairfax was the famous general who led his armies to tremendous victories in the Civil War.’
- ‘Graf was having the year of her career and was on the way to four Grand Slam victories and Olympic gold.’
- ‘We will win victories we cannot now imagine, and live through shattering defeats.’
- ‘After all, British films are capable of scoring multiple nominations and victories.’
- ‘Over the next few weeks the manager enjoyed a spectacular run of victories.’
- ‘We had to get a victory somewhere and there was nowhere better than with this game.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French victorie, from Latin victoria.
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