Definition of Herculean in English:

Herculean

Line breaks: Her¦cu|lean
Pronunciation: /ˌhəːkjʊˈliːən
 
, həːˈkjuːlɪən
 
/

adjective

1Requiring great strength or effort: a Herculean task
More example sentences
  • Even the simplest military task - like moving a unit from point A to point B - requires a Herculean logistical effort.
  • The major problem is that Sofia's street are mainly cobbled, which is not a problem for the motor, but requires a Herculean effort steering the wheelchair.
  • And I think it will require a Herculean effort, on the part of the defense, to create a reasonable doubt on all of the counts in this case.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a person) muscular and strong: the mesomorph, a classic Herculean build
More example sentences
  • As I sat breathlessly in front of my television and watched the team last weekend, they became my Herculean heroes.
  • But I'm far from the Herculean man mountain of muscle I was at my previous heights.
  • Finally, because they were bred to be such Herculean workers, malamutes need daily exercise on a leash or in an enclosed area.
Synonyms
strong, muscular, muscly, powerful, sturdy, robust, solid, well built, powerfully built, solidly built, strapping, brawny, burly, broad-shouldered, as strong as an ox, as strong as a horse, as strong as a lion
North American informal buff
literary stalwart, thewy, stark

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'relating to Hercules'): from Latin Herculeus 'Hercules' + -an.

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