From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Victory \Vic"to*ry\, n.; pl. Victories. [OE. victorie, OF.
   victorie, victoire, F. victoire, L. victoria. See Victor.]
   The defeat of an enemy in battle, or of an antagonist in any
   contest; a gaining of the superiority in any struggle or
   competition; conquest; triumph; -- the opposite of defeat.
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         Death is swallowed up in victory.        --1 Cor. xv.
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         God on our side, doubt not of victory.   --Shak.
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         Victory may be honorable to the arms, but shameful to
         the counsels, of a nation.               --Bolingbroke.
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