Damocles

noun
Dam·​o·​cles | \ ˈda-mə-ˌklēz How to pronounce Damocles (audio) \

Definition of Damocles

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

Other Words from Damocles

Damoclean \ ˌda-​mə-​ˈklē-​ən How to pronounce Damoclean (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Damocles

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Damocles

Latin, from Greek Damoklēs

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“Damocles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Damocles. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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