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Cadmean victory

noun
1.
a victory attained at as great a loss to the victor as to the vanquished.
Compare Pyrrhic victory.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605
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British Dictionary definitions for Cadmean victory

Cadmean victory

/ˈkædmɪən/
noun
1.
another name for Pyrrhic victory
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Word Origin and History for Cadmean victory
n.

c.1600, "victory involving one's own ruin," translating Greek Kadmeia nike, from Cadmus (Greek Kadmos), legendary founder of Thebes in Boeotia and bringer of the alphabet to Greece. Probably a reference to the story of Cadmus and the "Sown-Men," who fought each other till only a handful were left alive. Cf. Pyrrhic (adj.1).

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