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Webster 1913 Edition


Victory

Vic′to-ry

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Victories
(#)
.
[OE.
victorie
, OF.
victorie
,
victoire
, F.
victoire
, L.
victoria
. See
Victor
.]
The defeat of an enemy in battle, or of an antagonist in any contest; a gaining of the superiority in any struggle or competition; conquest; triumph; – the opposite of
defeat
.
Death is swallowed up in
victory
.
1 Cor. xv. 54.
God on our side, doubt not of
victory
.
Shakespeare
Victory
may be honorable to the arms, but shameful to the counsels, of a nation.
Bolingbroke.

Webster 1828 Edition


Victory

VIC'TORY

,
Noun.
[L. victoria, from vinco, victus, to conquer.]
1.
Conquest; the defeat of an enemy in battle, or of an antagonist in contest; a gaining of the superiority in war or combat. Victory supposes the power of an enemy or an antagonist to prove inferior to that of the victor. Victory however depends not always on superior skill or valor; it is often gained by the fault or mistake of the vanquished.
Victory may be honorable to the arms, but shameful to the counsels of a nation.
2.
The advantage or superiority gained over spiritual enemies, over passions and appetites, or over temptations, or in any struggle or competition.
Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 15.

Definition 2022


victory

victory

English

Noun

victory (countable and uncountable, plural victories)

  1. (countable) An instance of having won a competition or battle or succeeded in an effort.
    It was a great victory on the battlefield.
    • 2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1-0 Spain”, in BBC Sport:
      England will not be catapulted among the favourites for Euro 2012 as a result of this win, but no victory against Spain is earned easily and it is right they take great heart from their efforts as they now prepare to play Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday.
  2. (uncountable) The condition of having succeeded in a conflict or other effort.
    • 1921, The Pottery & Glass Salesman, volume 24, page 75:
      Already there are certain signs that politicians within the Republican party are suffering from the intoxication of too much victory.
  3. (countable) A winged figure representing victory, common in Roman official iconography. See Winged victory.

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victory (third-person singular simple present victories, present participle victorying, simple past and past participle victoried)

  1. (rare) To achieve a victory