Cassandra


Cas·san·dra

noun \kə-ˈsan-drə, -ˈsän-\

Definition of CASSANDRA

1
:  a daughter of Priam endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed
2
:  one that predicts misfortune or disaster

Examples of CASSANDRA

  1. <more than one Cassandra on Wall Street had warned that the market was overdue for a major correction>

Origin of CASSANDRA

Latin, from Greek Kassandra
First Known Use: 1542

Cassandra

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, the daughter of King Priam of Troy. Apollo promised her the gift of prophecy if she would grant his desires; she accepted the gift but rebuffed the god, who took his revenge by ordaining that her prophecies should never be believed. She predicted the fall of Troy and the death of Agamemnon, but her warnings went unheeded. Given as part of the war spoils to Agamemnon, she was murdered with him.

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