displaying superhuman strength or power
extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules
"a herculean task"
Of extraordinary difficulty, might, power, size, etc.; of or relating to Hercules in size or strength.
Requiring a huge amount of work, as a Herculean labour, a Herculean task.
Origin: see Hercules
requiring the strength of Hercules; hence, very great, difficult, or dangerous; as, an Herculean task
having extraordinary strength or size; as, Herculean limbs
Origin: [L. herculeus, fr. Hercules: cf. F. herculen. See Hercules.]
"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
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
Very great, difficult, or dangerous; such as it would require the strength or courage of Hercules to encounter or accomplish.
The numerical value of Herculean in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Herculean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of Herculean in a Sentence
This will be a Herculean task.
It will then be a Herculean task to implement within each bank the necessary requirements operationally.
Addressing both these phenomenon, climate change and modern slavery, is a herculean task for us as city administrators.
The body weighed 150kg [23.6 stone] and it had to be recovered from a difficult place at that altitude. It was a Herculean task.
These factors, combined with the greatly reduced appetite for large-scale greenfield investments in the current market conditions, made it quite a herculean task to achieve partner alignment to sanction Browse.
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