- n. An object or topic which sows dissension and anger.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a subject of contention and envy, so called from the mythological golden apple, inscribed “For the fairest,” which was thrown into an assembly of the gods by Eris, the goddess of discord. It was contended for by Juno, Minerva, and Venus, and was adjudged to the latter.
- n. See under Apple.
- n. (classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who had not been invited); the apple had `for the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain of events that led to the Trojan War
- With reference to the golden apple in Greek mythology, inscribed ‘for the fairest female’, which sparked dissent among the gods and led to the judgment of Paris, and ultimately to the Trojan war. (Wiktionary)
“In the language of Rob Roper's composition, 'the apple of discord has been cast in among us, and if not speedily snipt in the bud, it will inevitably explode and shroud us in the pitchy night of anarchy and confusion, and deluge the country with fire and sword.”
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