Origin of pyrrhicClassical Latin pyrrhicha ; from Classical Greek pyrrhichē, war dance
Origin of pyrrhicClassical Latin pyrrhichius ; from Classical Greek pyrrhichios (pous), pyrrhic (foot)
Origin of pyrrhicLatin pyrrhicius, from Greek purrikhios, from purrikhē, a war dance, perhaps from Purrikhos, supposed inventor of the dance.
- (prosody) Of or characterized by pyrrhics.
- Relating to Pyrrhus, a Macedonian king, or some of his costly victories he had while fighting Rome.
From Latin pyrrhichius, from Ancient Greek πυρρίχιος (pyrrichos), from πυρρίχη (pyrriche, “war dance”)
(comparative more Pyrrhic, superlative most Pyrrhic)
- (not comparable) Of or relating to Pyrrhus (319/318–272 BC), Greek general and statesman.
- The Pyrrhic army lost the Pyrrhic war.
- Achieved at excessive cost.