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 Da·na·i·dae [duh-ney-i-dee] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdi/, Da·na·ids [duh-ney-idz] /dəˈneɪ ɪdz/.
Related formsDan·a·id·e·an [dan-ee-id-ee-uh n, dan-ee-i-dee-uh n] /ˌdæn iˈɪd i ən, ˌdæn i ɪˈdi ən/, adjective
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Historical Examples of danaides

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


    Joseph Conrad

  • He might be compared to the Danaides; the more he got the more he spent.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The history of practical medicine had been like the story of the Danaides.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for danaides


pl n singular Danaid Greek myth

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 FormsDanaidean (ˌdænɪˈɪdɪən, ˌdænɪəˈdiːən), adjective
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