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 applications:

• ‘I thought so,’ said Gray, with a small triumphant laugh —Sebastian Faulks, 1993

• Whatever the result, this is a triumphant election —Sunday Times, 2005.

The two words can occasionally overlap in context: a triumphal entry and a triumphant entry can refer to the same thing, although one that is triumphal in fact may not necessarily be triumphant in tone.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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