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 ?
He was broad-shouldered and double-jointed, with short curly black hair, and a bluff but not unpleasant countenance, having a mingled air of fun and arrogance From his Herculean frame and great powers of limb he had received the nickname of BROM BONES, by which he was universally known.
So rose the DANITE strong HERCULEAN SAMSON from the Harlot-lap Of PHILISTEAN DALILAH, and wak'd Shorn of his strength, They destitute and bare Of all thir vertue: silent, and in face Confounded long they sate, as struck'n mute, Till ADAM, though not less then EVE abasht, At length gave utterance to these words constraind.
Davis was set to grapple with the Herculean labor of putting a complete underground system in the wire-bound city of New York.
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.
Without being aware of it, she was influenced by the herculean form of the republican.
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.
But one of these balls, launched by Porthos' herculean hand, passed so close to D'Artagnan's face that he thought that if, instead of passing near, it had hit him, his audience would have been probably lost, as it would have been impossible for him to present himself before the king.
The gratings are every day carefully examined by jailers, whose herculean proportions and cold pitiless expression prove them to have been chosen to reign over their subjects for their superior activity and intelligence.
When they looked at the oaken chair they could scarcely realize the fact that the strange being who had so lately tenanted it, full of life and Herculean vigor, should already be a corpse.
His piles, or, to use the language of the country, his logging ended, with a dispatch that could only accompany his dexterity and herculean strength, the jobber would collect together his implements of labor, light the heaps of timber, and march away under the blaze of the prostrate forest, like the conqueror of some city who, having first prevailed over his adversary, applies the torch as the finishing blow to his conquest.
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.