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Word of the Day – Pyrrhic

By October 19, 2021Word of the Day

Pyrrhic (adj)

pir-ik

(of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor.

Late 17th century from Greek Pyrrhikos, from the name of Pyrrhus, a Greek king who defeated the Romans in 279 BC but sustained heavy losses, + -ic.

Example sentences

“A pyrrhic victory is the best they can hope for now.”

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