Pyrrhic victory love

Pyrrhic victory

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A victory that is offset by staggering losses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very costly victory, wherein the considerable losses outweigh the gain, so as to render the struggle not worth the cost.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. any act supposedly benefitting the actor, for which the costs outweight the benefits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a victory that is won by incurring terrible losses

Etymologies

After Pyrrhus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Eponymous of the Greek king Pyrrhus of Epirus, who suffered heavy losses while defeating the Romans. (Wiktionary)

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