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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Achillesnoun

    a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'

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  1. Achillesnoun

    semi-divine hero, son of Peleus and the nymph Thetis, prince and leader of the Myrmidons; great warrior of the Achaean (Greek) camp, killed in the Trojan War; central character of the Iliad.

    Etymology: From Ἀχιλλεύς.

Wikipedia

  1. Achilles

    In Greek mythology, Achilles ( ə-KIL-eez) or Achilleus (Ancient Greek: Ἀχιλλεύς, [a.kʰilˈleu̯s]) was a hero of the Trojan War, the greatest of all the Greek warriors, and is the central character of Homer's Iliad. He was the son of the Nereid Thetis and Peleus, king of Phthia. Achilles' most notable feat during the Trojan War was the slaying of the Trojan prince Hector outside the gates of Troy. Although the death of Achilles is not presented in the Iliad, other sources concur that he was killed near the end of the Trojan War by Paris, who shot him in the heel with an arrow. Later legends (beginning with Statius' unfinished epic Achilleid, written in the 1st century AD) state that Achilles was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel because, when his mother Thetis dipped him in the river Styx as an infant, she held him by one of his heels. Alluding to these legends, the term "Achilles' heel" has come to mean a point of weakness, especially in someone or something with an otherwise strong constitution. The Achilles tendon is also named after him due to these legends.

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  1. Achilles

    In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War and the central character and greatest warrior of Homer's Iliad. Achilles was said to be a demigod; his mother was the nymph Thetis, and his father, Peleus, was the king of the Myrmidons. Achilles’ most notable feat during the Trojan War was the slaying of the Trojan hero Hector outside the gates of Troy. Although the death of Achilles is not presented in the Iliad, other sources concur that he was killed near the end of the Trojan War by Paris, who shot him in the heel with an arrow. Later legends state that Achilles was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel. Because of his death from a small wound in the heel, the term Achilles' heel has come to mean a person's point of weakness.

Editors Contribution

  1. achilles

    The name of a tendon in the human body.

    The achilles tendon is an important tendon in the human body.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 26, 2020  

Mythology

  1. Achilles

    (Achil′les) was the most valiant of the Greek heroes in the Trojan War. He was the son of Peleus, King of Thessaly. His mother, Thetis, plunged him, when an infant, into the Stygian pool, which made him invulnerable wherever the waters had washed him; but the heel by which he was held was not wetted, and that part remained vulnerable. He was shot with an arrow in the heel by Paris, at the siege of Troy, and died of his wound.

Who Was Who?

  1. Achilles

    A baby whose mother gave him a bath but forgot to wash all of his feet. Later was veteran of the siege of Troy. Died before receiving pension.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Achilles in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Achilles in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Achilles in a Sentence

  1. Sir Thomas Browne:

    I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty into riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Achilles; fortune hath not one place to hit me.

  2. London Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley:

    We have a growing Achilles heel that, if it is not tackled, will slowly diminish our ability to keep the public safe, if we are glibly creating a safe operating environment for criminals and terrorists, we are going to regret it.

  3. Executive Martin Daum said:

    You cannot have enough expertise in this area. Our Achilles' heel is the ability to quickly develop software.

  4. Jeff Green:

    The injuries that he’s been through, to come back even from the Achilles to the hamstring to get back in this position, the world is witnessing, once again, who is the best player in the world.

  5. Isaac Asimov:

    Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know -- and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is better to know -- even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction -- than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too.

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