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VICTORY

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:57 pm

• victory •

Pronunciation: vik-tê-ri

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. Triumph, conquest, the achievement of success over obstacles. 2. A win in a contest, the defeat of an enemy or opponent, as victory on the basketball court or battlefield.

Notes: Today's Good Word is a noun from the agent noun, victor, the individual or collective that wins. The adjective is victorious and the plural, victories. Don't forget Y is replaced by I.

In Play: The Allies' victory over Japan and the Axis Powers, which occurred exactly 60 years ago today, brought World War II to its final conclusion. Although it was a crushing defeat for the Japanese and ushered in the nuclear age of military and diplomatic strategy, the end of the killing was greeted with sighs of relief around the whole world. World War II cost the Earth an astonishing 58 million lives, military and civilian, including 10% of the total population of the Soviet Union and over half the population of Jews. We thought we would take a moment in our series to remember how costly human stupidity can be and reaffirm our resolve to never let it happen again.

Word History: We borrowed this word from Old French victorie (currently victoire). It came from Latin victoria "victory", the quality noun from victor. Latin victor is an agentive noun from victus, the past participle of vincere "to conquer". As you can see, the root had a 'fickle N' that comes and goes. It is present in vanquish and invincible, which come ultimately from the present tense stem of vincere.
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Re: VICTORY

Postby Stargzer » Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:12 am

Dr. Goodword wrote:• victory •
. . . We thought we would take a moment in our series to remember how costly human stupidity can be and reaffirm our resolve to never let it happen again.
. . .


Unfortunately, the Human Race learns from its mistakes: it can repeat them over and over. :cry:
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Re: VICTORY

Postby M. Henri Day » Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:27 am

Stargzer wrote:
Dr. Goodword wrote:• victory •
. . . We thought we would take a moment in our series to remember how costly human stupidity can be and reaffirm our resolve to never let it happen again.
. . .


Unfortunately, the Human Race learns from its mistakes: it can repeat them over and over. :cry:


I agree both with our good doctor and with (our equally good) Larry. But given the means at «our» disposal these days, which more than suffice to exterminate our species - and, for that matter, a lot of others while we're at it - we've got to keep trying to learn to solve our disputes by less lethal means. Thanks are due Dr Goodword for reminding us....

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