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

Other Words from Damocles

Damoclean \ˌda-mə-ˈklē-ən \ 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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