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  • adj. Resembling Achilles, the hero of the Iliad, who was invincible with only one small weakness which became his downfall.


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  • It is interesting to compare the discourse from the right on climate change - combusting large amounts of discursive methane chasing phantom bits of contrived Achillean controversy over minute bits of science they don't quite grasp - compared with where the actual conversation is now.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • The anti-Bushite movement -- fueled by Achillean rage, and drawn to the Achillean love of the dramatic clash -- might learn something from the more patient, subtle Chinese approach.

    Let Things Ripen Some on Impeachment: Patience Will Be Rewarded

  • Fascism just was about the Achillean hero; both Hussein and Al Quaeda make (or made) public statements to their own followers about the importance of annhilating the enemy (and the enemy's women and children...) while putting on a different face and complaining to the rest of the world about how they're persecuted.

    "Toxic Spiritual Nature" ... and Those Desks Pinch

  • If he is surrounded by mountainous circumstances, an Achillean shore, whose peaks overshadow and are reflected in his bosom, they suggest a corresponding depth in him.


  • Anger, to sustain itself, requires an unshakable conviction that one is right Whether the student wrath against the professorial Agamemnons was authentically Achillean is open to question.


  • He summoned up all the Achillean courage it takes for a fourteen-year-old boy to admit his interest to a specific girl, and to her face at that.

    A Grave Denied

  • He marshaled his hugely populated orchestra and chorus with an Achillean virtuosity that was, literally, breathtaking.

    James Levine: A Maestro At the Top of His Game

  • The torrents of Maine are hasty young heroes, galloping so hard when they gallop, and charging with such rash enthusiasm when they charge, hurrying with such Achillean ardor toward their eternity of ocean, that they would never know the influence, in their heart of hearts, of blue cloudlessness, or the glory of noonday, or the pageantries of sunset, -- they would only tear and rive and shatter carelessly.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 59, September, 1862

  • I had inferred from his books, or magnified from some anecdotes, an impression of Achillean wrath, -- an untamable petulance.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866

  • Why not cast him in Achillean brass, the rival of the great hero of gunpowder and

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 394, October 17, 1829


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