Pyrrhus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pyrrhus king of Epirus; defeated the Romans in two battles in spite of staggering losses (319-272 BC)
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Usage

In literature:

Witness your Pyrrhus conquering the world, yet drinking no better red wine than he had before.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
As Elise entered Evelina's room, Pyrrhus sprang, barking, towards her, and wagging his tail.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
With his father's might Pyrrhus presses on; nor guards nor barriers can hold out.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Just so his line of battle Pyrrhus form'd.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
It is difficult to explain the allusion to Pyrrhus.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
And thou, Pyrrhus, in whom I most trusted?
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
And the first of the Greeks to come in warlike contact with the Romans was Pyrrhus.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Or if nearness of relationship and the next heir is sought, Peleus is his sire, and Pyrrhus is his son.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
It was so with Pyrrhus.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
EARLY LIFE OF PYRRHUS.
"Pyrrhus" by Jacob Abbott
PYRRHUS, his breed of cattle, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Doth Hector's own Andromache yet serve in Pyrrhus' bed?
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
A hapless child, who is not yet aware His master's Pyrrhus and his father Hector.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
But such prosperity, like the victory of Pyrrhus, is apt to suggest the idea of ruin.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
Ulysses and Pyrrhus were accordingly sent to fetch him from his lonely island.
"Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Tarentum, one of the southern states, brought over to its assistance Pyrrhus the Epirot.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
He answered very readily, she was the wife of Pyrrhus, one of Alexander's captains.
"The Tatler, Volume 3" by Various
The senate rejected the proposal, and acquainted Pyrrhus of the designed treason.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
It was captured during the invasion of Pyrrhus by Campanian troops.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
She preferred Pyrrhus and Hannibal to the Curii and Scipios.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy
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In poetry:

Thus unconcern'd, Fabricius sat,
When Pyrrhus plac'd, unseen,
The monster arm'd in dreadful state,
Behind the Roman's screen.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden

In news:

Pyrrhus Testifies Ashcroft should be confirmed, but it won't be much of a victory for conservatives.
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