Damocles: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (dam'u-klēz"), [key]
- a flatterer who, having extolled the happiness of Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, was seated at a banquet with a sword suspended over his head by a single hair to show him the perilous nature of that happiness.
- any situation threatening imminent harm or disaster.
- damocles (Thesaurus)