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Herculean task

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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… …   Wiktionary

  • Herculean Tasks —    Hercules, a Greek mythological hero, was the son of Zeus and Alcmene, a mortal woman. Hera, Zeus s wife, was wrathful because of his infidelity and wanted to dispose of his bastard offspring. She tried to kill Hercules in his cradle, but was… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • herculean or Herculean — her|cu|le|an or Her|cu|le|an [ ,hɜrkjə liən, hər kjuliən ] adjective needing a lot of strength and determination in order to be achieved: a herculean task a. a herculean person is very big and strong …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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… …   Wiktionary

  • 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 …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • 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… …   Universalium

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