Definitions for: Triumph


[n] a successful ending of a struggle or contest; "the general always gets credit for his army's victory"; "the agreement was a triumph for common sense"
[n] the exultation of victory
[v] to express great joy; "As if the sea, and sky, and earth, rejoiced with new-born liberty." Shelley
[v] dwell on with satisfaction
[v] prove superior; "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight"
[v] be ecstatic with joy



Webster (1913) Definition: Tri"umph, n. [L. triumphus, OL. triumpus; of uncertain
origin; cf. Gr. ? a procession in honor of Bacchus: cf. F.
triomphe. Cf. Trump at cards.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) A magnificent and imposing ceremonial
performed in honor of a general who had gained a decisive
victory over a foreign enemy.

Note: The general was allowed to enter the city crowned with
a wreath of laurel, bearing a scepter in one hand, and
a branch of laurel in the other, riding in a circular
chariot, of a peculiar form, drawn by four horses. He
was preceded by the senate and magistrates, musicians,
the spoils, the captives in fetters, etc., and followed
by his army on foot in marching order. The procession
advanced in this manner to the Capitoline Hill, where
sacrifices were offered, and victorious commander
entertained with a public feast.

2. Hence, any triumphal procession; a pompous exhibition; a
stately show or pageant. [Obs.]

Our daughter, In honor of whose birth these triumphs
are, Sits here, like beauty's child. --Shak.

3. A state of joy or exultation for success.

Great triumph and rejoicing was in heaven. --Milton.

Hercules from Spain Arrived in triumph, from Geryon
slain. --Dryden.

4. Success causing exultation; victory; conquest; as, the
triumph of knowledge.

5. A trump card; also, an old game at cards. [Obs.]


Tri"umph, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Triumphed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Triumphing.] [L. triumphare: cf. F. triompher. See
Triumph, n.]
1. To celebrate victory with pomp; to rejoice over success;
to exult in an advantage gained; to exhibit exultation.

How long shall the wicked triumph? --Ps. xciv. 3.

Sorrow on thee and all the pack of you That triumph
thus upon my misery! --Shak.

2. To obtain victory; to be successful; to prevail.

Triumphing over death, and chance, and thee, O Time.
--Milton.

On this occasion, however, genius triumphed.
--Macaulay.

3. To be prosperous; to flourish.

Where commerce triumphed on the favoring gales.
--Trumbull.

4. To play a trump card. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.


Tri"umph, v. t.
To obtain a victory over; to prevail over; to conquer. Also,
to cause to triumph. [Obs.]

Two and thirty legions that awe All nations of the
triumphed word. --Massinger.

Synonyms: crow, exult, gloat, jubilate, prevail, rejoice, rejoice, revel, victory, wallow

Antonyms: defeat, licking

See Also: be on cloud nine, blow, bluster, boast, brag, checkmate, cheer, cheer up, chirk up, conclusion, congratulate, ending, exult, exultation, fall, finish, gas, gasconade, glory, independence, jubilance, jubilancy, jubilation, jump for joy, landslide, laugher, pin, preen, pride, Pyrrhic victory, romp, runaway, service break, shoo-in, shoot a line, slam, swash, sweep, tout, vaunt, walk on air, walkaway, win, win

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