pyrrhic

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pyrrhichius, from Ancient Greek πυρρίχιος (purrhíkhios), from πυρρίχη (purrhíkhē, war dance).

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Adjective[edit]

pyrrhic (not comparable)

  1. (prosody) Of or characterized by pyrrhics (metrical feet with two short syllables).
  2. Relating to Pyrrhus, a Macedonian king, or some of his costly victories he had while fighting Rome.
  3. Alternative letter-case form of Pyrrhic (achieved at too great a cost)
    • 2015, Dag Heward-Mills, A Good General, Dag Heward-Mills (→ISBN)
      In the ministry, it is important to avoid pyrrhic victories. What really is a pyrrhic victory? A pyrrhic victory is a victory that comes with such devastating cost that ultimately nullifies the victory that has been achieved.

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Noun[edit]

pyrrhic (plural pyrrhics)

  1. An Ancient Greek war dance.
  2. (prosody) A metric foot with two short or unaccented syllables.