Pyrrhic definition

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Achieved at excessive cost.
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A metrical foot having two short or unaccented syllables.
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(prosody) Of or characterized by pyrrhics.
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Relating to Pyrrhus, a Macedonian king, or some of his costly victories he had while fighting Rome.
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An Ancient Greek war dance.
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(prosody) A metric foot with two short or unaccented syllables.
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(not comparable) Of or relating to Pyrrhus (319/318-272 BC), Greek general and statesman.

The Pyrrhic army lost the Pyrrhic war.

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A war dance of the ancient Greeks.
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Of or made up of pyrrhics.
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A metrical foot of two short or unaccented syllables.
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Of or characterized by pyrrhics.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pyrrhic
Plural:
pyrrhics

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")

    From Wiktionary

  • From Pyrrhus (318-272 BC), a king of Epirus whose forces sustained heavy losses in defeating the Romans

    From Wiktionary