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[her-uh-kleez] /ˈhɛr əˌkliz/
Hercules (def 1).
Also called Heracles Furens
[fyoo r-uh ns] /ˈfyʊər əns/ (Show IPA)
. (italics) a tragedy (420? b.c.) by Euripides.
Origin of Heracles
< Greek Hēraklês, literally, having the glory of Hera, equivalent to Hḗra Hera + -klēs, akin to kléos glory, fame
Related forms
Heraclean, adjective Unabridged
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  • Yes, I said, but Heracles himself is said not to be a match for two.

    Phaedo Plato
  • Dionysodorus rejoins that Iolaus was no more the nephew of Heracles than of Socrates.

    Euthydemus Plato
  • By Heracles, I said, there never was such a paragon, if he has only one other slight addition.

    Charmides Plato
  • Of whom are Heracles and the Dioscuri, and there are others also named.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • Follow in the steps of Heracles, our guide, and cheer each the other onwards by name.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • Heracles, with a few chosen comrades, alone remained on board.

British Dictionary definitions for Heracles


the usual name (in Greek) for Hercules1
Derived Forms
Heraclean, Heraklean, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Heracles

also Herakles, alternate (more classically correct) forms of Hercules.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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