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Herculean Line breaks: Her¦cu|lean
Pronunciation: /ˌhəːkjʊˈliːən/

Definition of Herculean in English:


1Requiring great strength or effort: a Herculean task
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  • 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.
1.1(Of a person) muscular and strong: the mesomorph, a classic Herculean build
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  • 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.
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
informal hunky, beefy, hulking, ripped, shredded
North American informal buff
literary stalwart, thewy, stark


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

Words that rhyme with Herculean

Actaeon, Aegean, aeon (US eon), Augean, Behan, Cadmean, Caribbean, Carolean, Chaldean, Cyclopean, empyrean, epicurean, European, Fijian, Galilean, Hasmonean, Hebridean, Ian, Jacobean, Kampuchean, Laodicean, lien, Linnaean (US Linnean), Maccabean, Mandaean (US Mandean), Medicean, monogenean, Nabataean (US Nabatean), Orphean, paean, paeon, pean, peon, Periclean, piscean, plebeian, Pyrenean, Pythagorean, Sabaean, Sadducean, Sisyphean, skean, Tanzanian, Tennesseean, Terpsichorean, theodicean, Tyrolean
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