herculean


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Her·cu·le·an

 (hûr′kyə-lē′ən, hûr-kyo͞o′lē-)
adj.
1. often herculean Of unusual size, power, or difficulty.
2. Greek & Roman Mythology
a. Of or relating to Hercules.
b. Resembling Hercules.

herculean

(ˌhɜːkjʊˈliːən)
adj
1. requiring tremendous effort, strength, etc: a herculean task.
2. (sometimes capital) resembling Hercules in strength, courage, etc

her•cu•le•an

(ˌhɜr kyəˈli ən, hɜrˈkyu li-)

adj.
1. requiring extraordinary strength or exertion: a herculean task.
2. of enormous strength, courage, or size.
3. (cap.) of or pertaining to Hercules.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.herculean - displaying superhuman strength or power; "herculean exertions"
superhuman - above or beyond the human or demanding more than human power or endurance; "superhuman beings"; "superhuman strength"; "soldiers driven mad by superhuman misery"
2.herculean - extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules; "a herculean task"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Herculean

adjective
1. arduous, hard, demanding, difficult, heavy, tough, exhausting, formidable, gruelling, strenuous, prodigious, onerous, laborious, toilsome Finding a lawyer may seem like a Herculean task.
2. strong, muscular, powerful, athletic, strapping, mighty, rugged, sturdy, stalwart, husky (informal), sinewy, brawny His shoulders were Herculean with long arms.

herculean

adjective
Translations

herculean

[ˌhɜːkjuˈliːən] Herculean ADJhercúleo
herculean taskobra f de romanos

herculean

Herculean [ˌhɜːrkjʊˈliːən] adj (literary) (= formidable) [task, effort] → herculéen(ne)

herculean

adjherkulisch; proportionsriesenhaft; effortübermenschlich; herculean strengthBären- or Riesenkräfte pl; a herculean taskeine Herkulesarbeit
References in classic literature ?
Then, with a shout of triumph, the chief, a swarthy, thick-set man of herculean strength, recognised Francis and sprang upon him.
Bar Comas was stone dead, and only the most herculean efforts on the part of Dak Kova's females saved him from the fate he deserved.
In every country it is a herculean task to obtain a valuation of the land; in a country imperfectly settled and progressive in improvement, the difficulties are increased almost to impracticability.
He gazed upon it long and fixedly, estimated the prodigious labor that had been bestowed upon it, and, not being able to find any recompense sufficiently great for this Herculean effort, he passed his arm round the painter's neck and embraced him.
But the minister was a man of courage, a man, moreover, of Herculean strength.
The man with the feathers went up to the stone, stooped, slipped his hands under the face lying upon the ground, stiffened his Herculean muscles, and without a strain, with a slow motion, like that of a machine, he lifted the end of the rock a foot from the ground.
He was a dark herculean fellow, full six feet four inches in height, with a mingled air of the ruffian and the rogue.
Kennedy's countenance strikingly recalled that of Herbert Glendinning, as Sir Walter Scott has depicted it in "The Monastery"; his stature was above six feet; full of grace and easy movement, he yet seemed gifted with herculean strength; a face embrowned by the sun; eyes keen and black; a natural air of daring courage; in fine, something sound, solid, and reliable in his entire person, spoke, at first glance, in favor of the bonny Scot.
It is difficult enough to fix a tent in dry weather: in wet, the task becomes herculean.
For two days they labored to tear a way through to their imprisoned friends; but when, after Herculean efforts, they had unearthed but a few yards of the choked passage, and discovered the mangled remains of one of their fellows they were forced to the conclusion that Tarzan and the second Waziri also lay dead beneath the rock mass farther in, beyond human aid, and no longer susceptible of it.
It was a formidable weapon when backed by the Herculean muscles that rolled and shifted beneath Bulan's sun-tanned skin, and many were the brown warriors that went down beneath its cruel lash.
The ape-man fought with all the savage fury of self-preservation backed by the herculean strength that was his.