pyrrhic

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noun pyr·rhic \ˈpir-ik\

Definition of pyrrhic

  1. :  a metrical foot consisting of two short or unaccented syllables

Origin and Etymology of pyrrhic

Latin pyrrhichius, from Greek (pous) pyrrhichios, from pyrrhichē, a kind of dance


First Known Use: 1610


Pyrrhic

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adjective Pyr·rhic \ˈpir-ik\

Definition of Pyrrhic

  1. :  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 and Etymology of pyrrhic

Pyrrhus, king of Epirus who sustained heavy losses in defeating the Romans


First Known Use: 1675




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