Cadmean victory


Definition of Cadmean victory

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

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First Known Use of Cadmean victory

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Cadmean victory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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