Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The hero of Homer's Iliad, the son of Peleus and Thetis and slayer of Hector.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. semi-divine hero, son of Peleus and the nymph Thetis, prince and leader of the Myrmidons; great warrior of the Achaean (Greek) camp, killed in the Trojan War; central character of the Iliad.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the seige of Troy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An argument, otherwise called ‘Achilles and the Tortoise,’ which was proposed by Zeno of Elea to prove that motion is impossible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'

Etymologies

From Latin Achilles, from Ancient Greek Ἀχιλλεύς (Akhilleus). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Well, seeing how the term Achilles Heel is defined by Wikipedia as a fatal weakness in spite of overall strength, actually or potentially leading to downfall, I'd have to say no, or not that I've found yet.

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  • Fell back to energy every time she got a question that she couldn't handle, apparently does not understand the term Achilles heel.

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  • "This is one of the first and largest studies so far where they are targeting what I call the Achilles heel of cancers," he said Monday from Vancouver.

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  • Some have said that Malvolios treatment borders on cruel and I admit Brown is now so pathetic it is becoming hard to watch … then again Achilles whose sulking in his tent and obsession with his servant is played for laughs in Troilus and Cressida.

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  • Why didn't any of the Trojans build something to hit Achilles from a safe distance while he was posturing out on the plain?

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  • ` ` That's our main Achilles 'heel right now,' 'Bosh said.

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  • According to Jonathan Shay in Achilles in Vietnam, a book about Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD, “Severe trauma explodes the cohesion of consciousness.”

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