Tri·umph, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Triumphed p. pr. & vb. n. Triumphing.]
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.]
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.]
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. 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.
n 1: 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" [syn: victory]
2: the exultation of victory
v 1: prove superior; "The champion prevailed, though it was a
hard fight" [syn: prevail]
2: be ecstatic with joy [syn: wallow, rejoice]
3: dwell on with satisfaction [syn: gloat, crow]
4: to express great joy; "Who cannot exult in Spring?" [syn: exult,