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Meaning of Damocles

Dam•o•cles

Pronunciation: (dam'u-klēz"), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
  2. any situation threatening imminent harm or disaster.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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