Definition of Cassandra in English:


Syllabification: Cas·san·dra
Pronunciation: /kəˈsandrə, -sän-
Greek Mythology
  • 1A daughter of the Trojan king Priam, who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo. When she cheated him, however, he turned this into a curse by causing her prophecies, though true, to be disbelieved.
  • 1.1 (as noun a Cassandra) A prophet of disaster, especially one who is disregarded.
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    • The history of the oil industry in the North Sea is full of Cassandras prophesying the miserable day when the wells run dry.
    • After all, the Cassandras have been wrong with their forecasts of imminent disaster plenty of times in the past.
    • Several Cassandras try in vain to make their prophetic voices heard, but everyone is deaf.

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