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Heracles

[her-uh-kleez]
noun
  1. Hercules(def 1).
  2. Also called Heracles Furens [fyoo r-uh ns] /ˈfyʊər əns/. (italics) a tragedy (420? b.c.) by Euripides.
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Origin of Heracles

< Greek Hēraklês, literally, having the glory of Hera, equivalent to Hḗra Hera + -klēs, akin to kléos glory, fame
Related formsHer·a·cle·an, adjective
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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.

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

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

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

    Anabasis

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for heracles

Heracles

Herakles

noun
  1. the usual name (in Greek) for Hercules 1
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Derived FormsHeraclean or Heraklean, adjective
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Word Origin and History for heracles

Heracles

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

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