triumphal, triumphant

These words are related, but triumphal is usually connected with a planned celebration (a triumphal reception). Triumphant means "exultant," "victorious" (the triumphant basketball team). Triumphal is not usually applied to persons but rather to events and activities: "The triumphant general led his troops in a triumphal victory march."

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  • triumphal — triumphal, triumphant Triumphal is a classifying word denoting things connected with victory, such as a triumphal arch or a triumphal procession. Triumphant is more descriptive and means ‘exulting in a victory or success’ with a wide range of… …   Modern English usage

  • triumphant — triumphal, triumphant Triumphal is a classifying word denoting things connected with victory, such as a triumphal arch or a triumphal procession. Triumphant is more descriptive and means ‘exulting in a victory or success’ with a wide range of… …   Modern English usage

  • triumphal — See triumphal, triumphant …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • triumphant — See triumphal, triumphant …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Triumphant — Tri*um phant, a. [L. triumphans, p. pr. of triumphare: cf. F. triomphant. See {Triumph}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. Rejoicing for victory; triumphing; exultant. [1913 Webster] Successful beyond hope to lead ye forth Triumphant out of this infernal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • triumphant — [adj] successful boastful, celebratory, champion, conquering, dominant, elated, exultant, glorious, happy, in the lead*, jubilant, looking good, lucky, on top, out front*, prizewinning, proud, rejoicing, swaggering, triumphal, unbeaten,… …   New thesaurus

  • triumphant — [trī um′fənt] adj. [L triumphans, prp. of triumphare: see TRIUMPH] 1. successful; victorious 2. rejoicing for victory; exulting in success; elated 3. rare var. of TRIUMPHAL 4. Obs. magnificent triumphantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • triumphal — /truy um feuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, celebrating, or commemorating a triumph or victory: a triumphal banquet; a triumphal ode. 2. triumphant (def. 2). [1400 50; late ME < L triumphalis. See TRIUMPH, AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • triumphant — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. triumphal, victorious (see success). II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. exultant, victorious, successful, lucky, winning, conquering, in the lead, triumphal, jubilant, rejoicing, dominant, laurel crowned,… …   English dictionary for students

  • triumphant — triumphantly, adv. /truy um feuhnt/, adj. 1. having achieved victory or success; victorious; successful. 2. exulting over victory; rejoicing over success; exultant. 3. Archaic. triumphal (def. 1). 4. Obs. splendid; magnificent. [1485 95; < L… …   Universalium

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