apple of discord

noun
(classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord—who had not been invited); the apple had `for the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain of events that led to the Trojan War
Topics: ↑classical mythology
Hypernyms: ↑trophy, ↑prize

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Etymology: translation of Late Latin malum Discordiae; from the golden apple inscribed “for the fairest” which was thrown into an assembly of the gods by the goddess Discord (Latin Discordia, Greek Eris) and claimed by Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite
: a subject of contention and envy

the chief apple of discord was western lands — T.A.Bailey

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Class. Myth.
a golden apple inscribed "For the fairest," thrown by Eris, goddess of discord, among the gods. Its award by Paris to Aphrodite caused events that led to the Trojan War. Cf. Helen, Paris.
[1640-50]

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apple of discord noun
Any cause of envy and contention, after the golden apple (in Greek mythology) inscribed ‘for the fairest’, thrown among the gods by Eris, goddess of discord, and claimed by Aphrodite, Pallas and Hera
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Main Entry:apple
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apple of discord see under ↑apple
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Main Entry:discord

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apple of discord,
1. any cause of jealousy and trouble.
2. Greek Legend. a golden apple inscribed “For the fairest” thrown by the goddess of discord, Eris, into a gathering of the gods. Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera forthwith claimed it, and in return for Aphrodite's promise to him that he might have Helen, the fairest of women, Paris awarded it to Aphrodite. This dispute and the decision of Paris led to the Trojan War.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Apple of discord — Apple Ap ple ([a^]p p l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [ a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apple of discord — Discord Dis cord , n. [OE. discord, descord, OF. discorde, descorde, F. discorde, from L. discordia, fr. discors, cordis, discordant, disagreeable; dis + cor, cordis, heart; cf. F. discord, n., and OF. descorder, discorder, F. discorder, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apple of discord — n. 1. Gr. Myth. a golden apple marked “For the most beautiful,” claimed by Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite, and awarded by Paris to Aphrodite: in return, she helps him kidnap the beautiful Helen, thus starting the Trojan War 2. anything causing… …   English World dictionary

  • Apple of Discord — An apple of discord is a reference to the Golden Apple of Discord which, according to Greek mythology, the goddess Eris (Gr. Ερις, Strife ) said would go to the fairest at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, sparking a vanity fueled dispute between …   Wikipedia

  • apple of discord — Class. Myth. a golden apple inscribed For the fairest, thrown by Eris, goddess of discord, among the gods. Its award by Paris to Aphrodite caused events that led to the Trojan War. Cf. Helen, Paris. [1640 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • apple of discord — object of controversy or conflict, apple thrown into a banquet of gods and goddesses by the goddess discord (Classical Mythology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • APPLE OF DISCORD —    a golden apple inscribed with the words, To the most Beautiful, thrown in among the gods of Olympus on a particular occasion, contended for by Hera, Athena, and Aphrodité, and awarded by Paris of Troy, as referee, to Aphrodité, on promise that …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • apple of discord — noun an object of disputation and envy. {originally with reference to the apple inscribed for the fairest and thrown into an assembly of the Greek gods} …   Australian English dictionary

  • apple of discord — noun An object or topic which sows dissension and anger …   Wiktionary

  • Discord — Dis cord , n. [OE. discord, descord, OF. discorde, descorde, F. discorde, from L. discordia, fr. discors, cordis, discordant, disagreeable; dis + cor, cordis, heart; cf. F. discord, n., and OF. descorder, discorder, F. discorder, to discord, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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