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Meaning of PYRRHIC

Pronunciation:  'pirik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare
  2. [n]  a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables
  3. [adj]  of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans); "a Pyrrhic victory"
  4. [adj]  of or relating to or containing a metrical foot of two unstressed syllables; "pyrrhic verses"
  5. [adj]  of or relating to a war dance of ancient Greece; "pyrrhic dance movements"

PYRRHIC is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: dibrach
 See Also: ceremonial dance, foot, metrical foot, metrical unit, ritual dance, ritual dancing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pyr"rhic\, a. [L. pyrrhichius, Gr. ? belonging to the ?
    (sc. ?) a kind of war dance.]
    1. Of or pertaining to an ancient Greek martial dance. `` ye
       have the pyrrhic dance as yet.'' --Byron.
    2. (Pros.) Of or pertaining to a pyrrhic, or to pyrrhics;
       containing pyrrhic; as, a pyrrhic verse.
  2. \Pyr"rhic\, n.
    1. [Gr. ?: cf. F. pyrrhique, fem.] An ancient Greek martial
       dance, to the accompaniment of the flute, its time being
       very quick.
    2. [L. pyrrhichius (sc. pes), Gr. ? (sc. ?): cf. F.
       pyrrhique, masc.] (Pros.) A foot consisting of two short