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Definition of the noun damocles

What does damocles mean as a name of something?


  1. the Greek courtier to Dionysius the Elder who (according to legend) was condemned to sit under a naked sword that was suspended by a hair in order to demonstrate to him that being a king was not the happy state Damocles had said it was (4th century BC)
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • instance of: courtier = an attendant at the court of a sovereign


Who is Damocles?

Damocles is a figure featured in a single moral anecdote commonly referred to as "the Sword of Damocles", an allusion to imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power. The Damocles of the anecdote was an obsequious courtier in the court of Dionysius II of Syracuse, a 4th-century BC tyrant of Syracuse, Sicily.

  • also known as 达摩克利斯


The Damocles is a 3rd generation targeting pod, modular, eye-safe laser, high performance pod selected by the French Air Force for its attack fighter aircraft fleet.

  • also known as Thalès Damoclès

Phrases with Damocles

  1. Isma Damocles
  2. Sepa Damocles
  3. Morpho Damocles
  4. Sondra damocles
  5. Amauris Damocles
  6. Indohya damocles
  7. Neomaso Damocles
  8. Numicia Damocles
  9. Phanaeus Damocles
  10. sword of damocles
  11. Metaphycus Damocles
  12. Species Isma Damocles
  13. Species Sepa Damocles
  14. Morpho Eugenia Damocles
  15. species Sondra damocles
  16. Species Amauris Damocles
  17. species Indohya damocles
  18. species Neomaso damocles
  19. species Numicia damocles
  20. Species Phanaeus Damocles

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Google previewThe Everything Philosophy Book (2002)

by James Mannion

The fear of financial security that hangs over so many heads like the Sword of Damocles is a hindrance to peace of mind, and hence the path to enlightenment. You cannot be as free spirited as the Buddha with the Four Horsemen of the ...

Google previewAngels and Aliens (2013)

by Chryselle Brown

Damocles is a massive body and its perturbations will impact the planetary orbit. It has to be tweaked sufficiently so that the eccentric pattern of the orbit is redressed. Trouble is we have to build another wormhole. The first 148 148.

Google previewDictionary of Chilean Slang (2010)

Your Key to Chilean Language and Culture by Emilio Rivano Fischer

La expresión original es 'de pilo pendet', de un pelo pende, y proviene de leyenda clásica que dramatiza esa imagen, la famosa Espada de Damocles. Es más o menos así: Damocles criticaba que era fácil ser gobernante y se mofaba de ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (2015)

by Rodney Carlisle

Operation DAMOCLES. In the early 1960s, Israel learned from one of its premier agents, Wolfgang Lotz, that Gamal Abdel Nasser, the president of Egypt and a sworn enemy of Israel, was gathering a missile force with which to destroy the ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Modern Medicine (1992)

by J.C. Segen

Damocles' syndrome Stress and anxiety experienced by the patients and families of those 'successfully1 treated for childhood leukemia ...

Google previewA New and general biographical dictionary (1761)

containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation, particularly the British and Irish, from the earliest accounts of time to the present period : wherein their remarkable actions or sufferings, their virtues, parts, and learning are accurately displayed : with a catalogue of their literary productions

DAMOCLES, a flatterer of the tyrant ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Israeli Intelligence (2006)

by Ephraim Kahana

DAMOCLES OPERATION. After the 1956 Sinai Campaign, Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser wanted West Germany to build a surface-to-surface missile capability for Egypt that could be used in a future war against Israel. In 1962 Isser ...

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Scrabble value of D2A1M3O1C3L1E1S1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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