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Danaides

[duh-ney-i-deez] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdiz/
plural noun, Classical Mythology
1.
the 50 daughters of Danaus, 49 of whom were condemned to pour water forever into a leaky vessel for having murdered their husbands.
Also, Danaidae
[duh-ney-i-dee] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdi/ (Show IPA),
Danaids
[duh-ney-idz] /dəˈneɪ ɪdz/ (Show IPA)
.
Related forms
Danaidean
[dan-ee-id-ee-uh n, dan-ee-i-dee-uh n] /ˌdæn iˈɪd i ən, ˌdæn i ɪˈdi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • There is a similar fragment of Aeschylus, Danaides, also quoted by Athenaeus.

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  • It was like the cask of Danaides into which the public had been pleased to pour its deposits.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Before, in that dreaming time, I saw that I had drawn water like the Danaides, in a pitcher full of holes.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • One of the fifty daughters of Danaus, who were collectively called the Danaides.

  • Euripides begins with the opening lines of the Danaides (a play now lost).

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • Can that be the abyss of which mythology warns us under the fable of the Danaides and their cask?

    The Two Brothers Honore de Balzac
  • This they apply as an emblem of endless and ineffectual labour, like the stone of Sisyphus, and the sieves of the Danaides.

    The History of Sumatra William Marsden
  • The history of practical medicine had been like the story of the Danaides.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Mrs. Smidgkin, Mrs. Smidgkin, are you aware that the rain pours outside like the tears of the Danaides on their wedding night?

    Semiramis and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • I fancied I here saw the wheel of Ixion, and the incessant labour of the Danaides.

    Travels in England in 1782 Charles P. Moritz
British Dictionary definitions for Danaides

Danaides

/dəˈneɪɪˌdiːz/
plural noun (Greek myth) (sing) Danaid
1.
the fifty daughters of Danaüs. All but Hypermnestra murdered their bridegrooms and were punished in Hades by having to pour water perpetually into a jar with a hole in the bottom
Derived Forms
Danaidean (ˌdænɪˈɪdɪən; ˌdænɪəˈdiːən) adjective
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