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Definition of Pyrrhic victory noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


Pyrrhic victory

NAmE//ˌpɪrɪk ˈvɪktəri//
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a victory that is not worth winning because the winner has suffered or lost so much in winning it From Pyrrhus, the king of Epirus, who defeated the Romans in 279 B.C.E. but lost many of his own men.
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