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[duh-ney-i-deez] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdiz/
plural noun, Classical Mythology.
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),
[duh-ney-idz] /dəˈneɪ ɪdz/ (Show IPA)
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[dan-ee-id-ee-uh n, dan-ee-i-dee-uh n] /ˌdæn iˈɪd i ən, ˌdæn i ɪˈdi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • 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


plural noun (Greek myth) (sing) Danaid
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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