pyrrhic

noun pyr·rhic \ ˈpir-ik \

Definition of pyrrhic

: 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

Pyrrhic

adjective Pyr·rhic \ 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 and Etymology of pyrrhic

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



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