triumph

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹaɪ.ʌmpf/, /ˈtɹaɪ.əmf/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French triumphe, from Latin triumphus (triumphal procession), ultimately from Ancient Greek θρίαμβος (thriambos, thriambus).

Noun[edit]

triumph (plural triumphs)

  1. A conclusive success following an effort, conflict, or confrontation of obstacles; victory; conquest.
    the triumph of knowledge
  2. A magnificent and imposing ceremonial performed in honor of a victor.
  3. (obsolete) Any triumphal procession; a pompous exhibition; a stately show or pageant.
    • Shakespeare
      Our daughter, / In honour of whose birth these triumphs are, / Sits here, like beauty's child.
  4. A state of joy or exultation at success.
    • Milton
      Great triumph and rejoicing was in heaven.
    • Dryden
      Hercules from Spain / Arrived in triumph, from Geryon slain.
  5. (obsolete) A trump card.
  6. A card game, also called trump.
  7. (historical, Ancient Rome) a ceremony held to publicly celebrate and sanctify the military achievement of an army commander.
  8. A work of art, cuisine, etc. of very high quality.
    Scorsese's latest film is a triumph.
    This wedding cake is a triumph.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin triumphō.

Verb[edit]

triumph (third-person singular simple present triumphs, present participle triumphing, simple past and past participle triumphed)

  1. To celebrate victory with pomp; to rejoice over success; to exult in an advantage gained; to exhibit exultation.
    • Bible, Psalms xciv. 3
      How long shall the wicked triumph?
    • Shakespeare
      Sorrow on thee and all the pack of you / That triumph thus upon my misery!
  2. To prevail over rivals, challenges, or difficulties.
  3. To succeed, win, or attain ascendancy.
    • Macaulay
      On this occasion, however, genius triumphed.
  4. To be prosperous; to flourish.
    • Trumbull
      where commerce triumphed on the favouring gales
  5. To play a trump in a card game.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
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