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Definition of the noun achilles

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  1. a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'
    • examples: The first baseman is the Achilles heel of our team. | Achilles was an ancient Greek hero. | Apart from his heel, Achilles was invulnerable. | About four years ago my Achilles tendon started to hurt and I was told it was Achilles tendonitis. | Speaking in public is my Achilles heel; I'm simply too shy. | When Achilles would draw his sword to slay Agamemnon, Athena, invisible to all else, holds him back by a lock of hair. Here Homer shows us the gods as the psychology of ancient Greece.
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • instance of: mythical being = an imaginary being of myth or fable


  1. "Achilles" is a 1995 short film written by Jo Cameron Brown and directed by Barry Purves.
  2. "Achilles" a.k.a. "The Fury of Achilles": L'ira di Achille, internationally released as The Fury of Achilles, is a 1962 Italian historical drama set in the ninth year of the Trojan War, and is based primarily on Homer's Iliad. The film was directed by Marino Girolami and starred Gordon Mitchell as Achilles.


  1. Achilles: The fictional representation for Achilles, a Greek mythological figure.
  2. Achilles is a fictional character from the 1960 film The Loves of Hercules.
  3. Achilles is a fictional character from the 1987 film Terirem.
  4. Achilles is a fictional character from the 1944 film The Mummy's Curse.
  5. Achilles is a fictional character from the 1960 film Heller In Pink Tights.
  6. Achilles is the fictional representation of Achilles, the Greek hero.
  7. Achilles is a fictional character from the film Excuse Me for Living.
  8. Achilles is a fictional character from the 2013 film Sleepless Cities.

Phrases with Achilles

Phrases starting with the word Achilles:

  1. Achilles Heel
  2. Achilles Tang
  3. achilles' heel
  4. achilles tendon

Phrases ending with the word Achilles:

  1. Anolis Achilles
  2. Lensia achilles
  3. Morpho Achilles
  4. Crambus Achilles
  5. Damalis Achilles
  6. Hepatus Achilles
  7. Heronax Achilles
  8. Teuthis Achilles
  9. Clubiona achilles
  10. Pepleuca Achilles
  11. Phanaeus Achilles
  12. Ceraphron achilles
  13. Lenophila Achilles
  14. Photinula Achilles
  15. tendon of achilles
  16. Acanthurus achilles

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Google previewNarrated Communities – Narrated Realities (2015)

Narration as Cognitive Processing and Cultural Practice

'Achilles is a lion' is a classical metaphor which, on closer inspection, is also a quantitative metaphor. 'Achilles is a cow' or...

Google previewMetaphor and Metonymy at the Crossroads (2003)

A Cognitive Perspective by Antonio Barcelona

Achilles is a lion. According to Lakoff and Turner, the metaphor in this expression, which we may label people are ...

Google previewA Companion to Hermeneutics (2015)

by Niall Keane

If, however, we say “Achilles is a lion,” then clearly in terms of simple semantics, this is merely false. But there is a level at which this statement is true; Ricoeur calls it the poetic level of language. Metaphorical language used in this way projects ...

Google previewTheories of Metaphor Revised (2013)

by Stephan Kessler

This is different with “Achilles is a lion in battle” (example 7 on page 35). Explaining the reference ...

Google previewThe Dramatic Works of William Shakepeare (1807)

With Explanatory Notes. To which is Added a Copious Index to the Remarkable Passages and Words by William Shakespeare, Samuel Ayscough

Agamemnon is a fool; Achilles is a fool; Thersites is a fool; and, as aforesaid, Patroclus is a fool. Achil. Derive this; come. Ther. Agamemnon is a fool, to offer to command Achilles; Achilles is a fool to be commanded of A a fool; and Patroclus is ...

Google previewThe Paradox of Authenticity (2015)

by Eric E. Hall

Take, for instance, the metaphor “Achilles is a lion.” The term lion, which evokes ideas of the African Sahara and its fiercest beast of prey (which itself also evokes that other metaphor 'the lion is the king of the beasts'), is predicated directly to ...

Google previewLeo Strauss On Plato's Symposium (2001)

by Leo Strauss, Seth Benardete

Achilles is an entirely different case. Phaedrus has shown up to now the effect which eros has on the lover,

Google previewFraser's Magazine for Town and Country (1851)

Thus, Achilles is the hero of the stern human, self-sufficing spirit, which does not deny or question destiny, but seeing nothing in it except a cold, iron law, meets force with force, and holds up against it an unbroken, unbending will. Human ...

Google previewA Lexicon to Achilles Tatius (1980)

by James N. O'Sullivan

A Lexicon to Achilles Tatius ...

Google previewHorseman's Veterinary Encyclopedia, Revised and Updated (2005)

by Equine Research

Treatment of a rupture of the gastrocnemius tendon is the same as treatment of a ruptured Achilles tendon. Casting the whole leg and placing the horse in slings is an attempt to take pressure off the affected limb to allow the severed muscle ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent (2010)

by Thomas C. Hunt

Charles Achilles, Jane Boyd-Zaharias, and Christopher Tienken See also Age Grading; Assessment; Differentiated Instruction; Differentiated Staffing; School Size Further Readings Achilles, C. M. (1999). Let's put kids first finally: Getting class ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Exercise, Sport and Health (2004)

by Peter Brukner, Karim Khan, John Kron

ACHILLES TENDINOSIS has been present for years. Light jogging can commence when the tendon is no longer tender when pressed firmly with the fingers. The intensity and volume (see Overload) can be increased as long as there is no ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Tendinopathy in Athletes (2008)

by Savio L-Y. Woo, Per A. F. H. Renström, Steven P. Arnoczky

levels in chronic painful tendinosis (Achilles and patellar) tendons. Furthermore, gene ...

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For violence, like Achilles' lance, can heal the wounds it has inflicted. (Frantz Fanos)
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