noun Dam·o·cles \ˈda-mə-ˌklēz\

Definition of Damocles

  1. :  a courtier of ancient Syracuse held to have been seated at a banquet beneath a sword hung by a single hair


play \ˌda-mə-ˈklē-ən\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of damocles

Latin, from Greek Damoklēs

First Known Use: 1578

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