pyrrhic

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pyrrhic

(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
Not to be confused with:
pyretic – of, for, or producing a fever

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
References in classic literature ?
Poyser curtsied duly, and watched the two horses until they had disappeared from the yard, amidst great excitement on the part of the pigs and the poultry, and under the furious indignation of the bull-dog, who performed a Pyrrhic dance, that every moment seemed to threaten the breaking of his chain.
In a note to chapter one, Steele does dispute two erroneous scansions by Paul Fussell in Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (scansions involving pyrrhics and spondees), but this is very nearly it for criticism, at least when it comes to the current corps of writers.
Fighting thus took on a close relationship to choreography, a relationship that had also been celebrated by ancient authors; pyrrhic dance formed a continuum between court dance and military marching, drilling, and battle.