- The definition of a Pyrrhic victory is a win where the victor suffers very big losses.
An example of a Pyrrhic victory is the Battle of the Alamo.
Origin: Gr Pyrrhikos
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Origin: After Pyrrhus.
Pyrrhic victory - Cultural Definition
A victory that is accompanied by enormous losses and leaves the winners in as desperate shape as if they had lost. Pyrrhus was an ancient general who, after defeating the Romans, told those who wished to congratulate him, “One more such victory and Pyrrhus is undone.”