Also called Heracles Furens [fyoo r-uh ns] /ˈfyʊər əns/. (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 formsHer·a·cle·an, adjective
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  • Yes, I said, but Heracles himself is said not to be a match for two.



  • 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.



British Dictionary definitions for heracles




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


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

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