Cadmean victory


Definition of Cadmean victory

  1. :  a victory obtained only at great or ruinous cost to the victor — compare pyrrhic victory

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Origin and Etymology of cadmean victory

translation of Greek Kadmeia nikē; from the mutual slaughter of all but five of the armed men who sprang from dragon's teeth sown by Cadmus

First Known Use: 1603

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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