noun Classical Mythology.
Related formsAch·il·le·an [ak-uh-lee-uh n, uh-kil-ee-] /ˌæk əˈli ən, əˈkɪl i-/, adjective
Examples from the Web for achillean
A copy of Blair's speech had been shown him at the station, and I was the sole witness of his Achillean wrath.The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln|Francis Fisher Browne
A photograph was produced of the earlier, more Achillean Kitchener, by way of settling that point.The Bonadventure|Edmund Blunden
They shall have an Achillean roar; and they shall sing by second nature.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
I had inferred from his books, or magnified from some anecdotes, an impression of Achillean wrath,—an untamable petulance.Stories of Authors, British and American|Edwin Watts Chubb
British Dictionary definitions for achillean
Derived FormsAchillean (ˌækɪˈliːən), adjective
Culture definitions for achillean
In classical mythology, the greatest warrior on the Greek side in the Trojan War (see also Trojan War). When he was an infant, his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river, but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable. During the Trojan War, he quarreled with the commander, Agamemnon, and in anger sulked in his tent. Eventually Achilles emerged to fight and killed the Trojan hero Hector, but he was wounded in the heel by an arrow and died shortly thereafter.