What does Herculean mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term Herculean:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. herculean, powerful(adj)

    displaying superhuman strength or power

    "herculean exertions"

  2. herculean(adj)

    extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules

    "a herculean task"


  1. Herculean(Adjective)

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

  2. Herculean(Adjective)

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

  3. herculean(Adjective)

    see Herculean

  4. Origin: see Hercules

Webster Dictionary

  1. Herculean(adj)

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

  2. Herculean(adj)

    having extraordinary strength or size; as, Herculean limbs

  3. Origin: [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.


  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

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