Cassandra

Cassandra

[kuh-san-druh]
noun
1.
Also called Alexandra. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Priam and Hecuba, a prophet cursed by Apollo so that her prophecies, though true, were fated never to be believed.
2.
a person who prophesies doom or disaster.
3.
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “helper of men.”
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Cassandra (kəˈsændrə)
 
n
1.  Greek myth a daughter of Priam and Hecuba, endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed
2.  anyone whose prophecies of doom are unheeded

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Cassandra
Gk. kasandra, daughter of Priam of Troy, seduced by Apollo, who gave her the gift of prophecy, but when she betrayed him he amended it so that, though she spoke truth, none would believe her. Used figuratively since c.1668.
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Cassandra [(kuh-san-druh)]

In classical mythology, a prophetess in Troy during the Trojan War whose predictions, although true, were never believed by those around her. Apollo had given her the gift of prophecy but made it worthless after she refused his amorous advances. The Greeks captured Cassandra after their victory and sacrilegiously removed her from the temple of Athena. As a result, Athena helped cause shipwrecks and enormous loss of life to the Greeks on their return home.

Note: A “Cassandra” is someone who constantly predicts bad news.
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cassandra

(Chamaedaphne calyculata), evergreen shrub of the heath family (Ericaceae). The name is also sometimes applied to a stiff-leaved fern.

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