Cadmean victory
Cadmean victory c.1600, from Gk. Kadmeia nike "victory involving one's own ruin" [Liddell & Scott], from Cadmus (Gk. 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 (Cf. Pyrrhic) (1).

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  • Cadmean victory — Cadmean Cad*me an (k[a^]d*m[=e] an), a. [L. Cadmeus, Gr. Kadmei^os, from Ka dmos (L. Cadmus), which name perhaps means lit. a man from the East; cf. Heb. qedem east.] Of or pertaining to Cadmus, a fabulous prince of Thebes, who was said to have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cadmean victory — n. a victory won with great losses to the victors: see CADMUS …   English World dictionary

  • cadmean victory — n. = pyrrhic victory (see PYRRHIC(1)). Etymology: L Cadmeus f. Gk Kadmeios f. Kadmos Cadmus: see CADMIUM * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized C Etymology: translation of Greek Kadmeia nikē; from the mutual slaughter of all but five of the armed… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cadmean victory — A Cadmean victory, from the Greek Kadmeia nike , is a reference to a victory involving one s own ruin [Liddell Scott] , from Cadmus (Greek Kadmos ), the legendary founder of Thebes in Boeotia and the mythic bringer of the alphabet to Greece.… …   Wikipedia

  • Cadmean victory — a victory attained at as great a loss to the victor as to the vanquished. Cf. Pyrrhic victory. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • Cadmean victory —  One that leaves the victor ruined. See also Pyrrhic victory …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Cadmean — Cad*me an (k[a^]d*m[=e] an), a. [L. Cadmeus, Gr. Kadmei^os, from Ka dmos (L. Cadmus), which name perhaps means lit. a man from the East; cf. Heb. qedem east.] Of or pertaining to Cadmus, a fabulous prince of Thebes, who was said to have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pyrrhic victory — Synonyms and related words: Cadmean victory, KO, ascendancy, championship, conquest, easy victory, grand slam, knockout, landslide, landslide victory, mastery, moral victory, picnic, pushover, runaway victory, subdual, subduing, success, total… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Pyrrhic victory — a victory or goal achieved at too great a cost. Cf. Cadmean victory. [1880 85; < Gk Pyrrikós; after a remark attributed by Plutarch to PYRRHUS, who declared, after a costly victory over the Romans, that another similar victory would ruin him] * * …   Universalium

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