Pyrrhic



[pir-ik] /ˈpɪr ɪk/ Prosody

adjective
1.
consisting of two short or unaccented syllables.
2.
composed of or pertaining to pyrrhics.
noun
3.
Also called dibrach. a pyrrhic foot.
[pir-ik] /ˈpɪr ɪk/
noun
1.
an ancient Greek warlike dance in which the motions of actual warfare were imitated.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or denoting this dance.
[pir-ik] /ˈpɪr ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, or his costly victory.
/ˈpɪrɪk/
noun
1.
a metrical foot of two short or unstressed syllables
adjective
2.
of or relating to such a metrical foot
3.
(of poetry) composed in pyrrhics
/ˈpɪrɪk/
noun
1.
a war dance of ancient Greece
adjective
2.
of or relating to this dance
adj.

1885 (usually in phrase Pyrrhic victory), from Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, who defeated Roman armies at Asculum, 280 B.C.E., but at such cost to his own troops that he was unable to follow up and attack Rome itself, and is said to have remarked, “one more such victory and we are lost.”
n.

“dance in armor” (1590s), also a type of metrical foot (1620s), from Latin pyrrhicha, from Greek pyrrikhe orkhesis, the war-dance of ancient Greece, traditionally named for its inventor, Pyrrikhos. The name means “reddish,” from pyrros “flame-colored,” from pyr “fire” (see fire (n.)). As an adjective from 1749.

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