noun \ˈpir-ik\

Definition of PYRRHIC

:  a metrical foot consisting of two short or unaccented syllables

Origin of PYRRHIC

Latin pyrrhichius, from Greek (pous) pyrrhichios, from pyrrhichē, a kind of dance
First Known Use: 1626

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with PYRRHIC


adjective \ˈpir-ik\

Definition of PYRRHIC

:  achieved at excessive cost <a Pyrrhic victory>; also :  costly to the point of negating or outweighing expected benefits <a great but Pyrrhic act of ingenuity>

Origin of PYRRHIC

Pyrrhus, king of Epirus who sustained heavy losses in defeating the Romans
First Known Use: 1838

Rhymes with PYRRHIC


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