1. a victory or goal achieved at too great a cost.
Word Origin and History for Pyrrhic victory
1880-85; < Greek 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
noun, plural kakistocracies.
1. government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.
Word Origin and History for kakistocracy
1829, “government by the worst element of a society,” coined on analogy of its opposite,aristocracy, from Greek kakistos “worst,” superlative of kakos “bad” (which perhaps is related to the general IE word for “defecate;”see caco- ) + -cracy.
This is (a sketch of) the cartoon I thought I was going to run. Imagining a very short”honeymoon” period for Hillary Clinton’s presidency. If only I knew it would last about 30 minutes after the first polls closed.