- 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.
- a person who prophesies doom or disaster.
- a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “helper of men.”
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Contemporary Examples of cassandra
Cassandra, whose hair has already begun to fall out from her court-mandated chemotherapy, could face a similar outcome.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
Context: When asked by her sister Cassandra if she wanted anything as she lay on her deathbed.Tupac’s ‘F*ck You’ to a Cop and the Best Last Words
May 27, 2014
Cassandra Jean: Listening to my mom assist my grandma in changing her Facebook profile pic.A Tale of Thanksgiving Triumph
November 28, 2013
“Barack has become a kind of human Rorschach test,” his friend Cassandra Butts told Rolling Stone.The Heart and Soul of ‘Glamour’
November 9, 2013
Historical Examples of cassandra
I ought to be a Dido and Niobe and Cassandra rolled into one.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
But of what benefit to me is this fatal, this Cassandra gift of foreseeing?Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
Maya subsided at once, and looked at Cassandra questioningly.
The sun is coming round again; thats certain; Cassandra said so.
Your Miss Cassandra, or whatever her name is, doesnt know her history.
- Greek myth a daughter of Priam and Hecuba, endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed
- anyone whose prophecies of doom are unheeded
Word Origin and History for cassandra
fem. proper name, from Greek Kasandra, Kassandra, 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 1660s.
The name is of uncertain origin, though the second element looks like a fem. form of Greek andros "of man, male human being." Watkins suggests PIE *(s)kand- "to shine" as source of second element, hence possibly "praise of men."
In classical mythology, a prophetess in Troy during the Trojan War (see also 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.