Apple of Sodom

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Apple of Sodom also Dead Sea fruit, described by Josephus as fair to look upon, but turning, when touched, into ashes: any fair but disappointing thing
    • Apple of Sodom or Dead Sea fruit, described by Josephus as fair to look upon, but turning, when touched, into ashes: any fair but disappointing thing
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. æppel; cf. Ger. apfel, Ice. epli, Ir. abhal, W. afal.

Usage

In literature:

Had the apples of Sodom turned to ashes in my mouth, I could not have felt a more startling revulsion.
"Typee" by Herman Melville
Not that they were veritable sugar plums, however, but something that resembled them only as the apples of Sodom look like better fruit.
"The Marble Faun, Volume II." by Nathaniel Hawthorne
But they are apples of Sodom, as a matter of fact, Dead Sea Fruit, gall-apples.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
Think of it as home; and, should fortune cheat you with the apples of Sodom, return to it again.
"Finger Posts on the Way of Life" by T. S. Arthur
Think of it as home; and, should Fortune cheat you with the apples of Sodom, return to it again.
"Friends and Neighbors" by Anonymous
It was a land of air-castles and rainbow gold, a fool's paradise and the garden where grew most thickly the apples of Sodom.
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
If this old ball on which we are carried be no apple of Sodom, but sound and sweet to the core, insight must be confidence and satisfaction.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
Apples of Sodom, after touching, seem these isles.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
The apples of Sodom sickened him.
"The Story of the Hymns and Tunes" by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
Now that Emmet was mayor, she found she did not care; the prize was an apple of Sodom in her hand.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
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In poetry:

Thus endeth the Rhyme of Sir Christopher,
Knight of the Holy Sepulchre,
The first who furnished this barren land
With apples of Sodom and ropes of sand.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. The Landlord's Tale; The Rhyme of Sir Christopher" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Censor is a sorceror.
Above rare fruits that grow
Upon the tree of genius
His hand waves to and fro.
Hey, Presto! And their lusciousness is slain -
Apples of Sodom, Dead Sea Fruit remain.
"The Censor" by C J Dennis