Definition of Pandora's box
: a prolific source of troubles
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The god Prometheus stole fire from heaven to give to the human race, which originally consisted only of men. To punish humanity, the other gods created the first woman, the beautiful Pandora. As a gift, Zeus gave her a box, which she was told never to open. However, as soon as he was out of sight she took off the lid, and out swarmed all the troubles of the world, never to be recaptured. Only Hope was left in the box, stuck under the lid. Anything that looks ordinary but may produce unpredictable harmful results can thus be called a Pandora's box.
Origin and Etymology of pandora's box
from the box, sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open and which loosed a swarm of evils upon humankind when she opened it out of curiosity
First Known Use: 1579See Words from the same year
PANDORA'S BOX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of Pandora's box for English Language Learners
: a source of many troubles : something that will lead to many problems
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