Pyrrhic victory
Pyrrhic Pyr"rhic, a. [L. pyrrhichius, Gr. ? belonging to the ? (sc. ?) a kind of war dance.] 1. Of or pertaining to an ancient Greek martial dance. `` ye have the pyrrhic dance as yet.'' --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. (Pros.) Of or pertaining to a pyrrhic, or to pyrrhics; containing pyrrhic; as, a pyrrhic verse. [1913 Webster]

{Pyrrhic victory} [From Pyrrhus, king of Epirus.], (a) a victory in which the winning side sustains very heavy losses. (b) any act supposedly benefitting the actor, for which the costs outweight the benefits. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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