Word of the Week for the week of June 19, 2016


[hur-KYOO-lee-uh n]

Meaning & Usage

adjective requiring a sheer amount of effort or something having great strength or size; physically describing someone who is muscular and strong.

For some people, getting through math requires a herculean effort.


From Hercules, the son of Zeus and Alcmene in Greek mythology. Hercules performed many feats requiring extraordinary strength and effort, such as cleaning the Augean stables. Earliest documented use: 1594.

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