Pyrrhic victory

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Pyrrhic victory

n.
A victory that is offset by staggering losses.

[After Pyrrhus.]

Pyrrhic victory

n
a victory in which the victor's losses are as great as those of the defeated. Also called: Cadmean victory
[named after Pyrrhus, who defeated the Romans at Asculum in 279 bc but suffered heavy losses]

Pyr′rhic vic′tory


n.
a victory or goal achieved at too great a cost.
[1880–85; < Greek Pyrrhikós; after a remark attributed by Plutarch to Pyrrhus, who declared, after a costly victory over the Romans, that another similar victory would ruin him]

pyrrhic victory

One which proves more costly than defeat. Named for the Greek ruler who defeated a Roman army in 280 BC.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pyrrhic victory - a victory that is won by incurring terrible losses
triumph, victory - a successful ending of a struggle or contest; "a narrow victory"; "the general always gets credit for his army's victory"; "clinched a victory"; "convincing victory"; "the agreement was a triumph for common sense"
Translations
Pyrrhovo vítězství
Pyrrhussiegeinen Pyrrhussieg erringen
victoire à la Pyrrhus
pürroszi győzelem
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