What does Herculean mean?

Definitions for Herculean
ˌhɜr kyəˈli ən, hɜrˈkyu li-her·culean

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. herculean, powerfuladjective

    displaying superhuman strength or power

    "herculean exertions"

  2. herculeanadjective

    extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules

    "a herculean task"


  1. Herculeanadjective

    Of extraordinary difficulty, might, power, size, etc.; of or relating to Hercules in size or strength.

  2. Herculeanadjective

    Requiring a huge amount of work, as a Herculean labour, a Herculean task.

  3. herculeanadjective

    see Herculean

  4. Etymology: see Hercules


  1. Herculean

    Hercules (, US: ) is the Roman equivalent of the Greek divine hero Heracles, son of Jupiter and the mortal Alcmena. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures. The Romans adapted the Greek hero's iconography and myths for their literature and art under the name Hercules. In later Western art and literature and in popular culture, Hercules is more commonly used than Heracles as the name of the hero. Hercules is a multifaceted figure with contradictory characteristics, which enabled later artists and writers to pick and choose how to represent him. This article provides an introduction to representations of Hercules in the later tradition.


  1. herculean

    Herculean refers to a task, action, or effort requiring great strength, difficulty, or courage, similar to the tasks performed by Hercules in Greek mythology. It can also describe any person or thing that is incredibly strong or powerful.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Herculeanadjective

    requiring the strength of Hercules; hence, very great, difficult, or dangerous; as, an Herculean task

  2. Herculeanadjective

    having extraordinary strength or size; as, Herculean limbs

  3. Etymology: [L. herculeus, fr. Hercules: cf. F. herculen. See Hercules.]


  1. Herculean

    "Herculean" is the first single by The Good, the Bad and the Queen, an alternative rock band fronted by Damon Albarn. Though Albarn later claimed that the band was unnamed, and that "The Good, The Bad & The Queen" was merely the name of band's first album, this single clearly credits the artist as "The Good, The Bad & The Queen", and was released several months in advance of the album. At the time, neither Albarn nor anyone else was claiming the band was unnamed. "Herculean" was first released as the band's debut single on 30 October 2006, following the band's performance at The Roundhouse in Camden on 26 October as part of the BBC's Electric Proms. The single peaked at number 22 in the UK Singles Chart upon release, and was later released as the fifth track on the band's 2007 debut album The Good, the Bad and the Queen. The song was released to the iTunes Store on 9 October 2006, and a stream of the song is available on the band's website. In a Time Out poll of the best songs about London, the song placed at #50. The artwork for the single was created by the band's bassist Paul Simonon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Herculean

    hėr-kū′lē-an, adj. of or pertaining to Hercules: extremely difficult or dangerous, as the twelve labours of the Greek hero Hercules: of extraordinary strength and size.—Hercules beetle, a gigantic Brazilian lamellicorn beetle, 6 in. long, with a long horn on the head of the male and a smaller one on the thorax; Hercules' choice, toil and duty chosen in preference to ease and pleasure—from a famous story in Xenophon's Memorabilia; Hercules club, a stick of great size and weight; Pillars of Hercules, the name given by the ancients to two rocks flanking the entrance to the Mediterranean at the Strait of Gibraltar.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. herculean

    Very great, difficult, or dangerous; such as it would require the strength or courage of Hercules to encounter or accomplish.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Herculean in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Herculean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Herculean in a Sentence

  1. Frank Marshall:

    We recast Marty McFly and that cut six weeks off our post-production schedule, we finished the film in nine weeks which was like a world record in those days but we really wanted to keep to our release date so everyone put in a Herculean effort to deliver the movie. The traditional time in those days was 20 to 24 weeks and we did it in nine.

  2. Marco Rubio:

    As someone who has been in these battles for nearly two decades, I am under no illusions. I know from my time in the Gang of Eight that passing immigration reform through the Senate particularly is a Herculean task.

  3. Mark Allen:

    It would be a Herculean task.

  4. Tony Anderson:

    It will then be a Herculean task to implement within each bank the necessary requirements operationally.

  5. Tony Chammany:

    Addressing both these phenomenon, climate change and modern slavery, is a herculean task for us as city administrators.

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