achilles heel

A·chil·les heel
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kil-eez heel]
    • /əˈkɪl iz hil/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kil-eez heel]
    • /əˈkɪl iz hil/

Definitions of achilles heel words

  • singular noun achilles heel Someone's Achilles heel is the weakest point in their character or nature, where it is easiest for other people to attack or criticize them. 3
  • noun achilles heel a small but fatal weakness 3
  • noun achilles heel (one's) vulnerable or susceptible spot 3
  • noun achilles heel a portion, spot, area, or the like, that is especially or solely vulnerable: His Achilles heel is his quick temper. 1
  • noun achilles heel weak spot 1
  • noun achilles heel A vulnerability in an otherwise strong situation. 0

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Origin of achilles heel

First appearance:

before 1800
One of the 42% newest English words
First recorded in 1800-10

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Parts of speech for Achilles heel


achilles heel popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

achilles heel usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for achilles heel

noun achilles heel

  • defect — A defect is a fault or imperfection in a person or thing.
  • failing — Slang. an embarrassing or humorous mistake, humiliating situation, etc., that is subject to ridicule and given an exaggerated importance: Their app update is a massive fail. the condition or quality resulting from having failed in this way: His online post is full of fail. a person who fails in this way.
  • flaw — Also called windflaw. a sudden, usually brief windstorm or gust of wind.
  • foible — a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect: an all-too-human foible.
  • frailty — the quality or state of being frail.

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