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(of a victory) won at too great a cost to be of use by the victor; a metrical foot of two short or unaccented syllables
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pyretic – of, for, or producing a fever
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A metrical foot having two short or unaccented syllables.
Of or characterized by pyrrhics.
[Latin pyrrhicius, from Greek purrikhios, from purrikhē, a war dance, perhaps from Purrikhos, supposed inventor of the dance.]
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(Poetry) a metrical foot of two short or unstressed syllables
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]
1. (Dancing) a war dance of ancient Greece
2. (Historical Terms) a war dance of ancient Greece
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]
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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]
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a metrical foot composed of two short or unaccented syllables. — pyrrhic, adj.See also: Verse
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|Noun||1.||pyrrhic - a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables|
|2.||pyrrhic - an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare|
|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"|
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adj Pyrrhic victory → Pyrrhussieg m
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