Herculean

  • 1 Herculean — Her*cu le*an, a. [L. herculeus, fr. Hercules: cf. F. hercul[ e]en. See {Hercules}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Requiring the strength of Hercules; hence, very great, difficult, or dangerous; as, an Herculean task. [1913 Webster] 2. Having extraordinary… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 herculean — HERCULEÁN, Ă, herculeeni, e, adj. Asemenea lui Hercule, caracteristic lui Hercule; foarte puternic; voinic. [pr.: le an. – var.: erculeán, ă adj.] – Din fr. herculéen. Trimis de gall, 26.07.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  herculeán adj. m. (sil. le an) …

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  • 3 Herculean — UK / US or Herculean UK [ˌhɜː(r)kjʊˈliːən] / US [ˌhɜrkjəˈlɪən] / US [hərˈkjulɪən] adjective a) needing a lot of strength and determination in order to be achieved a herculean task b) a herculean person is very big and strong …

    English dictionary

  • 4 Herculean — [hər kyo͞o′lē ən; hʉr΄kyo͞o lē′ən, hʉr′kyo͞o lē΄ən] adj. 1. of Hercules 2. [usually h ] a) having the great size, strength, or courage of Hercules; very powerful or courageous b) calling for great strength, size, or courage; very difficult to do… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Herculean — index omnipotent, onerous, operose, powerful, prodigious (enormous), strong Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

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  • 6 Herculean — 1590s, from HERCULESE (Cf. Herculese) + AN (Cf. an) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 Herculean — *huge, vast, immense, enormous, elephantine, mammoth, giant, gigantic, gigantean, colossal, gargantuan, cyclopean, titanic, Brobdingnagian …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 Herculean — [adj] powerful, strong almighty, backbreaking, colossal, courageous, forceful, gargantuan, gigantic, hard, heroic, huge, impressive, laborious, mighty, strenuous, tough, vigorous; concepts 489,527,540,574 …

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  • 9 Herculean — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ requiring or having great strength or effort. ORIGIN named after the Roman and Greek mythological hero Hercules (famed for his strength) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Herculean — adjective /hərˈkjuːliən/ a) Of extraordinary difficulty, might, power, size, etc.; of or relating to Hercules in size or strength. But this is not the best:look, prythee, Charmian, / How this Herculean Roman does become / The carriage of his… …

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  • 11 herculean — [[t]hɜ͟ː(r)kjʊli͟ːən[/t]] also Herculean ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A herculean task or ability is one that requires extremely great strength or effort. [LITERARY] Finding a lawyer may seem like a Herculean task if you live in a big city because there …

    English dictionary

  • 12 Herculean — adjective Date: 1513 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Hercules 2. often not capitalized of extraordinary power, extent, intensity, or difficulty < Herculean tasks > < Herculean proportions > …

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  • 13 herculean — adjective see Herculean Still there are some loop holes out of which a man may creep, and dare to think and act for himself; but for a woman it is an herculean task, because she has difficulties peculiar to her sex to overcome, which require… …

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  • 14 Herculean — adjective 1) a Herculean task Syn: arduous, grueling, laborious, back breaking, onerous, strenuous, difficult, formidable, hard, tough, huge, massive, uphill; demanding, exhausting, taxing; archaic toilsome …

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  • 15 herculean — /herr kyeuh lee euhn, herr kyooh lee euhn/, adj. 1. requiring the great strength of a Hercules; very hard to perform: Digging the tunnel was a herculean task. 2. having enormous strength, courage, or size. 3. (cap.) of or pertaining to Hercules… …

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  • 16 Herculean — adj. Herculean is used with these nouns: ↑effort, ↑task …

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  • 17 herculean — her|cu|le|an [ˌhə:kjuˈli:ən, hə:ˈkju:liən US ə:r ] adj needing great strength or determination ▪ a herculean task …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 Herculean — see herculean …

    English dictionary

  • 19 Herculean — [ˌhə:kjʊ li:ən, hə: kju:lɪən] adjective requiring or having great strength or effort: a Herculean task. Origin C16: from the name of the Greek mythological hero Hercules (famed for his strength) + an …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 herculean — adjective needing great strength or determination: a herculean task …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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