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.
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
Also Da·na·i·dae [duh-ney-i-dee] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdi/
, Da·na·ids [duh-ney-idz] /dəˈneɪ ɪdz/
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for danaides
Historical Examples of danaides
It was like the cask of Danaides into which the public had been pleased to pour its deposits.
He might be compared to the Danaides; the more he got the more he spent.
The history of practical medicine had been like the story of the Danaides.
Euripides begins with the opening lines of the Danaides (a play now lost).
Can that be the abyss of which mythology warns us under the fable of the Danaides and their cask?
British Dictionary definitions for danaides
pl n singular Danaid Greek myth
Derived FormsDanaidean (ˌdænɪˈɪdɪən, ˌdænɪəˈdiːən), adjective
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012