Definition of Pandora's box

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) a box that Zeus gave to Pandora with instructions that she not open it; she gave in to her curiosity and opened it; all the miseries and evils flew out to afflict mankind.

Generic synonyms: Chest
Category relationships: Greek Mythology

Definition of Pandora's box

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) A box given to Pandora by Zeus whose instructions that it must not be opened were ignored with disastrous consequences ¹

2. Noun. A source of unforeseen trouble ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pandora's Box

Pancoast's suture
Pancoast syndrome
Pandanus tectorius
Pandion haliaetus
Pandora's box
Pandora's boxes
Pandy's reaction
Paneth's granular cells
Paneth cell

Literary usage of Pandora's box

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1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1889)
"38, Longfellow's Building of the Ship, Pandora s Box, etc. — ЗИ, Lowell's Books and Libraries, etc. ea. Houghton 15 Burroughs' Birds and Bees and Sharp Eyes ..."

2. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1915)
"Pandora s box, but to throw it away, (he natural deduction being that we were the party of the second part. My mind was still engaged in trying to grasp the ..."

3. A Dictionary of the Drama: A Guide to the Plays, Play-wrights, Players, and by William Davenport Adams (1904)
"See Dut- ton Cook's ' A Book of the Play.1 Epimetheus, in HJ BYRON'S 'Pandora s Box ' (?.». ..."

4. Outlines of the Evolution of Weights and Measures and the Metric System by William Hallock, Herbert Treadwell Wade (1906)
"Not all the ties, for one, a little one, remains, like hope in the bottom of Pandora-s box. A wave of light so small that a thousand would scarcely reach ..."

5. The Essence of Christianity by Ludwig Feuerbach, George Eliot (1855)
"... in favour of finite religions, it would not be difficult to squeeze the Pandora,s box of Christian dogmatics out of the horns of the Egyptian Apis. ..."

6. The Christian Baptist by Alexander Campbell (1827)
"... light and liberty than were all the evils which fell upon human bodies from tha opening of Pandora-s box, to the animal enjoyments of this world. ..."

7. Incidents in the Life of Jacob Barker, of New Orleans, Louisiana: With by Jacob Barker (1855)
"It will be the opening of Pandora s box ; partial confederacies arrayed in hostile form against each other ; foreign influences infused into the very heart ..."

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