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Victory

A female deity of the ancient Romans or the corresponding deity the Greeks called Nike; representation of the deity, usually a woman in wind-blown draperies, holding a laurel wreath, palm branch, or other symbolic object.
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Victory

 

an English three-masted triple-deck sailing battleship. The Victory has a 2,165-ton displacement and 104 guns. It was the flagship of Admiral H. Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar of 1805 (October 21). During the course of the engagement with the French battleship Redoubtable, 160 men aboard the Victory were killed, and Nelson was mortally wounded. His body was transported to London on board the ship. The Victory was placed on the coast at Portsmouth as a national monument.

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Victory

Arc de Triomphe
arch built in Paris by Napoleon to celebrate his conquests (1806–1836). [Fr. Hist.: Misc.]
Arch of Trajan
triumphal monument by emperor (c. 100). [Rom. Hist.: Misc.]
bay leaves
wreath used as victor’s crown. [Heraldry: Halberts, 20]
Beethoven’s 5th
symphony’s first four notes are Morse code for V, symbolizing victory. [Western Culture: Misc.]
Greek cross
symbol of Christ’s triumph over death. [Christian Iconog.: Jobes, 386]
laurel wreath
traditional symbol of victory, recognition, and reward. [Gk. and Rom. Hist.: Jobes, 374]
Nike
(Victoria) winged goddess of triumph. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 757]
palm
sign of triumph. [N. T.: Revelation 7:9]
V-E Day
Allies accept Germany’s surrender in WWII (May 8, 1945). [World Hist.: Van Doren, 506]
V- J Day
Allies accept Japan’s surrender in VWVII (August 15, 1945). [World Hist.: Van Doren, 507]
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'Good heavens, I don't know how to console him,' said Father Victor, watching the lama intently.
'Powers of Darkness below!' said Father Victor, who, wise in the confessional, heard the pain in every sentence.
Such an one as this or that man?' He pointed to Father Victor. 'Such an one as those I saw this evening men wearing swords and stamping heavily?'
Kim put two or three questions in English to Father Victor, translating the replies to the lama.
'Well,'said Father Victor in English, when Kim had translated, 'that depends.
'Two or three hundred rupees a year.' Father Victor was long past any sense of amazement.
'He'll run slap into the sentries,' cried Father Victor, jumping up as the lama stalked out; 'but I can't leave the boy.' Kim made swift motion to follow, but checked himself.
They talked long in undertones, Father Victor urging some scheme on Mr Bennett, who seemed incredulous.
'It's miraculous past all whooping, Colonel,' said Father Victor, when he had talked without a break for ten minutes.
A more sincere and more general, as well as a better-merited acclamation, attended the victor of the day, until, anxious to withdraw himself from popular notice, he accepted the accommodation of one of those pavilions pitched at the extremities of the lists, the use of which was courteously tendered him by the marshals of the field.
Victor looks well just now, for he listens with a sort of smiling interest; he never looks so like his mother as when he smiles --pity the sunshine breaks out so rarely!
Now, Monsieur and Madame, if you don't come to tea, Victor and I will begin without you."