Adjective "triumph" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A great victory or achievement.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'The victory was a tactical triumph for the German, who started a season-low sixth on the grid.'
  4. 'The Party's third election victory was a triumph over the media class.'
  5. 'Her victory was an unlikely triumph for a woman who lay backstage crying before the curtain had even gone up.'
  6. 'They returned to the palace, tired, weary, and many fewer than they had started out with, but flushed with the triumph of victory.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'The victory repeated their triumph at the same tournament in 1998.'
  9. 'His greatest triumph was undoubtedly his achievement in training Laois ladies to win the All Ireland senior title three years ago.'
  10. 'Every day, little triumphs and major victories unfold throughout the country.'
  11. 'the king returned home in triumph'
  12. 'The difference is that on this day, an old classmate of theirs is returning in triumph to the old neighbourhood.'
  13. '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.'
  14. '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.'
  15. 'Last night, he returned to parliament, in triumph.'
  16. 'It then toured the entire country before returning in triumph to Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre, selling out the 600 seats night after night.'
  17. '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.'
  18. 'On June 14 troops marched into the town in triumph to take prisoner 12,000 defeated and hungry troops.'
  19. '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.'
  20. '‘Here it is!’ Helen's voice rose in triumph'
  21. 'Jason simply brushed his hands together and smiled in triumph.'
  22. 'Laughing in triumph, Shanza had laid back and squirmed to get comfortable, then drifted off again, his sleep successfully dreamless.'
  23. '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.'
  24. 'The boy ducked, then danced off in triumph, waving his trophy, and the crowd shouted.'
  25. '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.'
  26. 'In the end he took the pencil and I grinned in triumph.'
  27. 'And then he put the tiny cellular phone back in his pocket and jumped in triumph, like a victorious athlete.'
  28. 'She looks down on it with triumph and satisfaction.'
  29. 'She was safe, for the time being, and her family hugged her tightly, in triumph and relief and gladness.'
  30. 'He isn't overwhelmed with triumph, or joy, or even relief.'
  31. 'It is a triumph of modern technology and construction and an example of the best collaboration between engineering and architecture.'
  32. 'It's fresh, a triumph of spirit, like spring sun undeterred by dirt-encrusted windows, first breath of morning against your naked spine.'
  33. '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.'
  34. 'This exhibition is a triumph of painting indeed.'
  35. 'In this alone it stands as a triumph of contrarianism.'
  36. 'This book is a triumph of self-effacing scholarship.'
  37. '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.'
  38. '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.'
  39. '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.'
  40. '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.'
The processional entry of a victorious general into ancient Rome.
  1. 'He returned to Rome in 166, when he and Marcus celebrated a triumph together.'
  2. 'Octavian went ahead with his triumph, when the procession through Rome bore an image of Cleopatra with a snake ostentatiously clamped to her arm.'


Achieve a victory; be successful.
  1. 'The 49-year-old part-timer from Perth had triumphed over some of the best known and most commercially successful photographers in the country.'
  2. '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.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Her contemporaries wrote books in which a hero, bent on a specific goal, triumphed over, or was defeated by, geography.'
  5. 'The awards were organised by the Memorial Fund to honour young people who have triumphed over adversity.'
  6. 'Commentators analysed how the Japanese industrial model had triumphed over its rivals.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'By bringing together persons who have triumphed over the disease, the organisers expect to dispel several misconceptions about cancer.'
  9. '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.'
  10. '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.'
  11. 'she stopped triumphing over Mrs Ward's failure'
  12. 'The orators who had advocated the war loudly triumphed in the seeming fulfilment of their sanguine predictions.'
  13. 'I closed the drawer, I hopped and gloated and laughed, triumphing, completely maniacal, demoniac.'
(of a Roman general) ride into ancient Rome after a victory.
  1. 'Of the ancient forum where Cicero spoke and Caesar triumphed, there remain only ruins scattered across an enclave around which swirls the modern city.'

More definitions


1. the act, fact, or condition of being victorious or triumphant; victory; conquest.

2. a significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory.

3. exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.

4. Roman History. the ceremonial entrance into Rome of a victorious commander with his army, spoils of war, and captives, authorized by the senate in honor of an important military or naval victory.

Compare ovation (def 2).

5. a public pageant, spectacle, or


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.