Damocles - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdæməkliːz|
Brit.  |ˈdaməkliːz|

noun

- the Greek courtier to Dionysius the Elder who (according to legend) was condemned to sit under a naked sword that was suspended by a hair in order to demonstrate to him that being a king was not the happy state Damocles had said it was (4th century BC) (syn: damocles)

Examples

The treaty hung like a sword of Damocles over French politics.

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