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.
Death is swallowed up in victory. --1 Cor. xv.
God on our side, doubt not of victory. --Shak.
Victory may be honorable to the arms, but shameful to
the counsels, of a nation. --Bolingbroke.