Class. Legend a courtier of ancient Syracuse who was given a lesson in the perils to a ruler's life when the king seated him at a feast under a sword hanging by a single hair
Origin of DamoclesClassical Latin from Classical Greek Damokl?s
sword of Damocles
any imminent danger
fl. fourth century BC
Greek courtier to Dionysius the Elder, tyrant of Syracuse, who according to legend was forced to sit at a banquet table under a sword suspended by a single hair to demonstrate the precariousness of a king's fortunes.