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Damocles

noun Dam·o·cles \ˈda-mə-ˌklēz\

Definition of DAMOCLES

:  a courtier of ancient Syracuse held to have been seated at a banquet beneath a sword hung by a single hair
Dam·o·cle·an \ˌda-mə-ˈklē-ən\ adjective
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Origin of DAMOCLES

Latin, from Greek Damoklēs
First Known Use: 1578

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