Definition of Pyrrhic victory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Pyrrhic victory

BrE BrE//ˌpɪrɪk ˈvɪktəri//
; NAmE 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 More Like This Expressions from history and legend Achilles heel, Cinderella, Herculean, Mephistophelian, Midas touch, narcissism, odyssey, Prince Charming, Procrustean, Promethean, Pyrrhic, Robin Hood, Scylla and Charybdis, Sleeping Beauty, Stygian, TitanSee worksheet. From Pyrrhus, the king of Epirus who defeated the Romans in 279 BC but lost many of his own men.
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