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A.Word.A.Day--cassandra

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Cassandra (kuh-SAND-ruh) noun

One who prophesies disaster and whose warnings are unheeded.

[After Cassandra in Greek mythology who received the gift of prophecy but was later cursed never to be believed.]

Cassandra was the daughter of the Trojan king Priam and Hecuba. Apollo, the god of light, who also controlled the fine arts, music and eloquence, granted her the ability to see the future. But when she didn't return his love, he condemned her never to be believed. Among other things, Cassandra warned about the Trojan horse that the Greeks left but her warning was ignored.

See more usage examples of cassandra in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"We are not sitting here gloating because it is the horrible mess we said it would be. We're in agony. There is nothing pleasurable about being a Cassandra." Molly Ivins; Downing Street Memos Are News; Tracy Press (California); Jun 22, 2005.

This week's theme: words related to forecasting.

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A root is a flower that disdains fame. -Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

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