pyrrhic

1
[ pir-ik ]
/ ˈpɪr ɪk /
Prosody
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adjective

consisting of two short or unaccented syllables.
composed of or pertaining to pyrrhics.

noun

Also called dibrach. a pyrrhic foot.

Nearby words

  1. pyrotraumatic dermatitis,
  2. pyroxene,
  3. pyroxenite,
  4. pyroxylin,
  5. pyrrha,
  6. pyrrhic victory,
  7. pyrrho,
  8. pyrrhonic,
  9. pyrrhonism,
  10. pyrrhotite

Origin of pyrrhic

1
1620–30; < Latin pyrrhichius < Greek pyrrhíchios pertaining to the pyrrhíchē pyrrhic2

pyrrhic

2
[ pir-ik ]
/ ˈpɪr ɪk /

noun

an ancient Greek warlike dance in which the motions of actual warfare were imitated.

adjective

of, relating to, or denoting this dance.

Origin of pyrrhic

2
1590–1600; < Latin pyrrhicha < Greek pyrrhíchē a dance; said to be named after Pyrrhichus, the inventor

Pyrrhic

[ pir-ik ]
/ ˈpɪr ɪk /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, or his costly victory.

Origin of Pyrrhic

First recorded in 1880–85; Pyrrh(us) + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for pyrrhic

pyrrhic

1
/ (ˈpɪrɪk) prosody /

noun

a metrical foot of two short or unstressed syllables

adjective

of or relating to such a metrical foot
(of poetry) composed in pyrrhics

Word Origin for pyrrhic

C16: via Latin, from Greek purrhikhē, traditionally said to be named after its inventor Purrhikhos

noun

a war dance of ancient Greece

adjective

of or relating to this dance

Word Origin for pyrrhic

C17: Latin from Greek purrhikhios belonging to the purrhikhē war dance performed in armour; see pyrrhic 1

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