Definition of Pyrrhic victory
Origin of Pyrrhic victory
Words nearby Pyrrhic victory
How to use Pyrrhic victory in a sentence
It is not a decisive war, with a single, signature victory, but a war of attrition.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And the bells chimed for victory at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.
On May 9, which Moscow commemorates as World War II “Victory Day,” Klaus paid a highly visible visit to the Russian Embassy.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute|James Kirchick|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kurdish forces declared victory and freed Yazidi holdouts, with help from U.S. air power.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar|Jamie Dettmer|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Besides, victory fever had spread like wildfire throughout the Allied armies.
He signalized himself by a great victory which he obtained on the banks of the Neva, over the northern powers.
He has been ashore at Kum Kale and reports violent fighting and, for the time being, victory.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
But, instead of following up their victory, the half-resolute rioters camped near Guadalupe for the night.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The trophies of the victory were six men of war and all of their East India ships, and between four and five thousand prisoners.
He marched to meet it with the throbbing pulses of a soldier rushing to victory or a saint to martyrdom.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for Pyrrhic victory
Word Origin for Pyrrhic victory
Cultural definitions for Pyrrhic victory
A victory that is accompanied by enormous losses and leaves the winners in as desperate shape as if they had lost. Pyrrhus was an ancient general who, after defeating the Romans, told those who wished to congratulate him, “One more such victory and Pyrrhus is undone.”
Other Idioms and Phrases with Pyrrhic victory
A victory that is offset by staggering losses, as in The campaign was so divisive that even though he won the election it was a Pyrrhic victory. This expression alludes to Kind Pyrrhus of Epirus, who defeated the Romans at Asculum in b.c. 279, but lost his best officers and many of his troops. Pyrrhus then said: “Another such victory and we are lost.” In English the term was first recorded (used figuratively) in 1879.