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.
A victory that is offset by staggering losses.
A too-costly victory.
Origin of pyrrhic-victory
- After Pyrrhus
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Eponymous of the Greek king Pyrrhus of Epirus, who suffered heavy losses while defeating the Romans.