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pyrrhic 1

Pronunciation: /ˈpirik/
(also Pyrrhic)

adjective

[attributive]
(Of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor.
Example sentences
  • Unless that is done, any military success in Afghanistan will be a pyrrhic victory.
  • But, as 2002 revealed, it had been a pyrrhic victory.
  • I don't know where the pain-killer story will lead, but the football story is probably a pyrrhic victory for the thought control police.

Origin

Late 19th century: from the name Pyrrhus + -ic.

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Syllabification: pyr·rhic

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There are 2 main definitions of pyrrhic in English:

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pyrrhic 2

Pronunciation: /ˈpirik/

noun

A metrical foot of two short or unaccented syllables.

adjective

Written in or based on pyrrhic measure.

Origin

Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek purrhikhios (pous) 'pyrrhic (foot)', the meter of a song accompanying a war dance, named after Purrhikhos, inventor of the dance.

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Syllabification: pyr·rhic

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