danaid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n danaid large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • danaid Pertaining to or having the characters of the Danaides or Danais.
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Usage

In literature:

Good hope remains there at the bottom, as in Pandora's bottle; and not despair, as in the puncheon of the Danaids.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Can that be the abyss of which mythology warns us under the fable of the Danaides and their cask?
"The Two Brothers" by Honore de Balzac
It is like trying to fill the vat of the Danaides!
"Cousin Betty" by Honore de Balzac
What were the Danaids doing but that which each one of us has to do during his or her whole life?
"Erewhon Revisited" by Samuel Butler
The history of practical medicine had been like the story of the Danaides.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The Asiatics kissed the earth at his feet, only the king of the Danaids did no more than bow before him.
"Uarda, Complete A Romance Of Ancient Egypt" by Georg Ebers
Let us leave States and senates to fill the sieve of the Danaides, and roll up the stone of Sisyphus.
"Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Let not your prudence, dearest, drowse or prove The Danaid of a leaky vase.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Has any message from hostile powers roused the city of the Danaids?
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
There is a similar fragment of Aeschylus, Danaides, also quoted by Athenaeus.
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
This they apply as an emblem of endless and ineffectual labour, like the stone of Sisyphus, and the sieves of the Danaides.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The DANAIDES were the fifty daughters of Danaus, king of Argos, who had married their fifty cousins, the sons of AEgyptus.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
As well undertake to fill the cask of the Danaides.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
This theology is evidently the tub of the Danaides.
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
How terrible that perpetual recommencement, that ocean bed, those Danaides-like clouds, all that travail and weariness for no end!
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Clement of Rome also tells us that many Christian women were made to play the part of the Danaids and of Dirce.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
It might seem as if the notion of infinity formed the bottom of the bucket of the Danaides.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
This theology is evidently the tub of the Danaides.
"Letters To Eugenia" by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
These fair maidens were the Danaides, daughters of Danaus, who had pledged his fifty daughters to the fifty sons of his brother AEgyptus.
"Myths of Greece and Rome" by H. A. Guerber
He might be compared to the Danaides; the more he got the more he spent.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. V (of VI), "In London and Moscow" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
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In poetry:

One is incisive, corrosive:
Two retorts, nettled, curt, crepitant;
Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive;
Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant,
Five… O Danaides, O Sieve!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
Alas! the black Cocytus, wandering to the world below,
That languid river to behold we of this earth must go;
To see the grim Danaides, that miserable race,
And Sisyphus of AEolus, condemned to endless chase.
"To Postumus" by Roswell Martin Field