Cassandra

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek Κασσάνδρα (Kassándra).

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /kəˈsæn.dɹə/, /kəˈsɑːn.dɹə/
  • /-sæn-/:
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  • /-sɑːn-/:
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Cassandra

  1. (Greek mythology) A prophetess who was daughter of King Priam of Troy and his queen Hecuba. She captured the eye of Apollo and was granted the ability to see the future; however, she was destined to never be believed.
    • 1897, Michael Clarke, The Story of Troy, page 30
      And so when Cassandra foretold the evils that were to come upon Troy, even her own people would not credit her words.
  2. A female given name.
    • 1605 William Camden, Remains Concerning Britain, John Russell Smith, 1870, page 56
      But succeeding ages (little regarding S. Chrysosthome's admonition to the contrary) have recalled prophane names, so as now Diana, Cassandra, Hyppolytus, Venus, Lais, names of unhappy disaster are as rife, as ever they were in paganism.
    • 1890, Frederick W. Beers, Gazetteer and Biographical Record of Genesee County, N.Y., 1788–1890, page 656
      Warren J. Tyler, son of Joel, was born in Byron, July 28, 1828. He married Cassandra Tyler, of Stafford, and has four children living.
    • 2013, M. C. Beaton, Miss Tonks Turns to Crime, chapter 4
      Cassandra sat down on a small sofa next to Mrs Budley.

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Cassandra (plural Cassandras)

  1. A person who makes dire predictions, especially those which are not believed but which turn out to be true.
    • 1876-1877, "The New Republic", book III, chapter IV, page 46 in Belgravia: An Illustrated London Magazine, volume XXXI
      'By the way,' said Mr. Saunders [] , 'I suppose I may speak the truth freely, as I know well enough that all to whom my vaticinations would be unwelcome are sure to mistake me for a Cassandra.'

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