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Adjective, Noun


pyrrhica. [L. pyrrhichius, Gr. belonging to the (sc. ) a kind of war dance.].
  •  Of or pertaining to an ancient Greek martial dance.  Byron.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Of or pertaining to a pyrrhic, or to pyrrhics; containing pyrrhic; as, a pyrrhic verse.  [1913 Webster]
Pyrrhic victory [From Pyrrhus, king of Epirus.], (a) a victory in which the winning side sustains very heavy losses. (b) any act supposedly benefitting the actor, for which the costs outweight the benefits.
  •  An ancient Greek martial dance, to the accompaniment of the flute, its time being very quick.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A foot consisting of two short syllables.  [1913 Webster]


pyrrhic, adj. (of a victory) won at too great a cost to be of use to the victor.

pyrrhic, n. & adj.
--n. a metrical foot of two short or unaccented syllables.
--adj. written in or based on pyrrhics.

L pyrrhichius f. Gk purrhikhios (pous) pyrrhic (foot)



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