- A very costly victory, wherein the considerable losses outweigh the gain, so as to render the battle unfavourable.
- "Tough pensions regulation designed to protect employees in final-salary occupational schemes will prove a pyrrhic victory for unions and the government, a report warned yesterday." —The Guardian, October 6, 2005
Etymology: Eponymous of the Greek king w:Pyrrhus of Epirus, Pyrrhus of Epirus, who suffered heavy losses while defeating the Romans.
- French: Victoire í la Pyrrhus
- German: Pyrrhussieg
- Spanish: victoria pírrica
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