- 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/.
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Examples from the Web for danaides
It was like the cask of Danaides into which the public had been pleased to pour its deposits.Chance
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).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
- 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
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