(Of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor.
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- 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.
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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.