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A victory that is offset by staggering losses.
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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One which proves more costly than defeat. Named for the Greek ruler who defeated a Roman army in 280 BC.
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|Noun||1.||Pyrrhic victory - a victory that is won by incurring terrible losses|
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Pyrrhussiegeinen Pyrrhussieg erringen
victoire à la Pyrrhus