pyrrhic


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pyr·rhic

 (pĭr′ĭk)
n.
A metrical foot having two short or unaccented syllables.
adj.
Of or characterized by pyrrhics.

[Latin pyrrhicius, from Greek purrikhios, from purrikhē, a war dance, perhaps from Purrikhos, supposed inventor of the dance.]

pyrrhic

(ˈpɪrɪk) prosody
n
(Poetry) a metrical foot of two short or unstressed syllables
adj
1. (Poetry) of or relating to such a metrical foot
2. (Poetry) (of poetry) composed in pyrrhics
[C16: via Latin, from Greek purrhikhē, traditionally said to be named after its inventor Purrhikhos]

pyrrhic

(ˈpɪrɪk)
n
1. (Dancing) a war dance of ancient Greece
2. (Historical Terms) a war dance of ancient Greece
adj
3. (Dancing) of or relating to this dance
4. (Historical Terms) of or relating to this dance
[C17: Latin from Greek purrhikhios belonging to the purrhikhē war dance performed in armour; see pyrrhic1]

pyr•rhic

(ˈpɪr ɪk)
adj.
1. consisting of two short or unaccented syllables.
2. composed of or pertaining to pyrrhics.
n.
3. a pyrrhic foot.
[1620–30; < Latin pyrrhichius < Greek pyrrhíchios literally, pertaining to the pyrrhíchē a dance imitating the motions of warfare]

pyrrhic

a metrical foot composed of two short or unaccented syllables. — pyrrhic, adj.
See also: Verse
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pyrrhic - a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
2.pyrrhic - an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing - a dance that is part of a religious ritual
Adj.1.pyrrhic - of or relating to a war dance of ancient Greece; "pyrrhic dance movements"
2.pyrrhic - of or relating to or containing a metrical foot of two unstressed syllables; "pyrrhic verses"
3.pyrrhic - of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans); "a Pyrrhic victory"
Translations

Pyrrhic

[ˈpɪrɪk] ADJ Pyrrhic victoryvictoria f pírrica

Pyrrhic

adj Pyrrhic victoryPyrrhussieg m
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