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Damocles

(dăm`əklēz), in classical mythology, courtier at the court of Dionysius I. He so persistently praised the power and happiness of Dionysius that the tyrant, in order to show the precariousness of rank and power, gave a banquet and had a sword suspended above the head of Damocles by a single hair. Hence the expression "the sword of Damocles" to mean an ever-present peril.

Damocles

((5335) Damocles) An interplanetary object resembling an asteroid with an unusually elliptical orbit that carries it from 22 to 1.6 AU from the Sun. It was discovered in 1991 and is now believed to be the archetype of the Damocloids (see Damocloid).

Damocles

for his sycophancy to Dionysus, seated under sword at banquet. [Gk. Myth.: LLEI, I: 278]

Damocles,

sword of sword hung by a single hair over his head. [Rom. Lit.: Brewer Handbook, 257]
See: Sword
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The result of Corona's impeachment should have been a lesson on the part of the appointing power, as well as to those to be appointed, to be aware that there is a sword of Damocles over their heads so that they should exercise their duty in accordance to what is right, legal and fair,' Valdez said.
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Honor killing has been used as a sword of damocles against the womenfolk in some parts of our society where women live under constant fear, he added.
We can live with the fact that most of what was Greek is now possessed by Turkey but we cannot accept the sword of Damocles in the hands of the settlers to be hanging over us with their lifetime guarantor power to divide us again, this time forever, by using direct or devious means, along with convincing a gullible world that Greeks cannot be trusted even when not bearing gifts.
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