Definition of Herculean

1. Adjective. Displaying superhuman strength or power. "Herculean exertions"

Exact synonyms: Powerful
Similar to: Superhuman
Derivative terms: Hercules, Powerfulness



2. Adjective. Extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules. "A herculean task"
Similar to: Difficult, Hard
Derivative terms: Hercules

Definition of Herculean

1. a. Requiring the strength of Hercules; hence, very great, difficult, or dangerous; as, an Herculean task.

Definition of Herculean

1. Adjective. Of extraordinary difficulty, might, power, size, etc.; of or relating to Hercules in size or strength. ¹

2. Adjective. Requiring a huge amount of work, as a ''Herculean labour'', a ''Herculean task''. ¹

3. Adjective. ''see'' Herculean ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Herculean

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Herculean

Herbert George Wells
Herbert Hoover
Herbert Kitchener
Herbert Marcuse
Herbert Marshall McLuhan
Herbert Marx
Herbert McLean Evans
Herbert Spencer
Herbie
Herbig-Haro object
Herbst
Herbst's corpuscles
Hercegovina
Herceptin
Herculaneum
Herculean (current term)
Hercules
Hercules'-club
Hercules'-clubs
Hercules-club
Hercules beetle
Hercules beetles
Herculæan
Hercynian
Hereford
Hereford and Worcester
Herefords
Herefordshire
Herelle
Herellea

Literary usage of Herculean

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1. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1772)
"... of the Herculean Straits, now called the Straits of Gibraltar : including ... of Ahila and Calpe, with the Herculean Straits, and the ancient cities o¡ ..."

2. Things Chinese: Being Notes on Various Subjects Connected with China by James Dyer Ball (1893)
"Of his other herculean task it has well been said:—'There is no finer monument of human perseverance than the dictionary of Dr. Morrison. ..."

3. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"Herculean Flat Arch.—-This system consists of 12 X 12-in. blocks of semi-porous terra cotta, of 6, 8, 10, or 12-in. depth according to span, combined with ..."

4. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"said a thick-set Herculean fellow at the lower end of the table. ' " Well, now, I often thought of that!" replied his neighbour in a whisper. ..."

5. The Great Rebellion: A History of the Civil War in the United States by Joel Tyler Headley (1866)
"... AND SUMTER — Herculean LABOR — "THE SWAMP ANGEL" — BOMBARDMENT OF SUMTER OVER THE TOP OP WAGNER — GREEK FIRE THROWN INTO CHARLESTON - REMONSTRANCE OF ..."

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