Achieved at excessive cost.
A metrical foot having two short or unaccented syllables.
(prosody) Of or characterized by pyrrhics.
Relating to Pyrrhus, a Macedonian king, or some of his costly victories he had while fighting Rome.
The Pyrrhic army lost the Pyrrhic war.
A war dance of the ancient Greeks.
Of or made up of pyrrhics.
A metrical foot of two short or unaccented syllables.
Of or characterized by pyrrhics.
Other Word Forms
Origin of pyrrhic
- Latin pyrrhicius from Greek purrikhios from purrikhē a war dance perhaps from Purrikhos , supposed inventor of the dance
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin pyrrhichius, from Ancient Greek πυρρίχιος (pyrrichos), from πυρρίχη (pyrriche, “war dance")