success in a competition

Victory is winning an argument, war or test. Many songs have been made called victory songs. Victory often comes with a lot of emotion. Victory is usually celebrated after winning, although there are many times not to, like after a war. The term comes from the culture of ancient Rome, when it meant winning a war.

Nancy Johnson after winning an Olympic gold medal
Broken Roman marble statue of Nike (Latin: Victoria) standing a globe representative of the world. From the Library of Hadrian in Athens.

Different types


In terms of human emotion, being victorious usually brings strong feelings of gladness, and in human behaviour often has movements and victory poses. Victory dances and victory cries are quite similar to war dances and war cries that are done before the violence.