American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The daughters of Danaus, who at their father's command murdered their bridegrooms on their wedding night and were condemned in Hades to pour water eternally into a leaky vessel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Danainæ.
“THE Danaides were the fifty daughters of Danaus, _King of Argos.”
“Thus ako, the mythological account of the seven sons of Rhea; * the seven daughters of Astarte, and the seven reeds of the syrinx of Pan; the twelve labours of Herciilcs; and the twelve amazons Whom he killed; the fifty sons of Hercules, the produce of fifty sisters; the fifty daughters of Danaus king of Argos, called Danaides, and iheir fifty cousins, sons of E%yptus, whom they T 4 married;”
“When the Danaides reach Argos, they entreat King Pelasgus to protect them.”
“At the present day a hero, when he has the misfortune to make war, can scarcely give any encouragement to the sciences; he must borrow money of a Jew, and consult other Jews in order to make the substance of his subjects flow into his coffer of the Danaides, whence it escapes through a thousand openings.”
“I fancied I here saw the wheel of Ixion, and the incessant labour of the Danaides.”
“La theologie est vraiment “le tonneau des Danaides”.”
“For the love of Danaides, be quiet," the woman said to him.”
“The Danaides are fifty virgins (sisters), who all but one, by the command of their father Danaus, slew their husbands on their wedding night.”
“Saturated at length with the golden flood and its foam of pearl and diamond, -- if, indeed, singer were ever capable of such saturation, and were not rather permeable forever like a sieve of the Danaides, -- saturated, or satisfied that it was all run out, he prepared to take up his line of march back again to the City of the True Cross.”
“Danaides threw the heads of their murdered husbands.”
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