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Pandora's box

Definition:

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

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

the box, sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open and which ...
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Pandora's box

an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora's creation in Hesiod's Works and Days. The "box" was actually a large jar given to Pandora, which contained all the evils of the world. Today, the phrase "to open Pandora's box" means to ... (44 of 1147 words, 3 images)

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Pandora's box (disambiguation)

refers to the container opened by the Greek mythological woman Pandora releasing all the evils of mankind into the world. Pandora's box may also refer to: Pandora's Box (play), a 1904 German play (Die B├╝chse der Pandora) by Frank Wedekind | Pandora's... (41 of 440 words, 26 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

Pandora's box [mythology]

the box which Pandora, the first woman, was forbidden to open, and which released from all the ills that beset man (21 of 184 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pandora-s-box

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Pandora's box [countable] | Pandora's boxes [plural]

something that could cause a lot of problems if you do it, use it, or say it (17 of 70 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Pandora-s-box

Merriam-Webster:

Pandora's box | can of worms [Pandora's box]

a prolific source of troubles (5 of 57 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pandora's box

Oxford Dictionary:

Pandora's box

a process that once begun generates many complicated problems (9 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Pandora's-box

American Heritage Dictionary:

Pandora's box

A source of many unforeseen troubles (6 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

Pandora's box | Pandora's boxes [plural]

[Greek mythology] A box given to Pandora by Zeus whose instructions that it must not be opened were ignored with disastrous consequences | A source of unforeseen trouble (27 of 30 words, 2 definitions)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

Pandora's box

something which creates a lot of new problems that you did not expect (13 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pandora-s-box

Random House Dictionary:

Pandora's box

a source of extensive but unforeseen troubles or problems. (9 of 24 words, 1 usage example)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pandoras-box

New World Dictionary:

Pandora's box

a complex situation fraught with problems and pitfalls | something causing or leading to such a situation (16 of 21 words, 2 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

cist [funerary object] | Stone Chest [synonym]

prehistoric European coffin containing a body or ashes, usually made of stone or a hollowed-out tree; also, a storage place for sacred objects. "Cist" ... (24 of 64 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/118665​/cist

Encarta Dictionary:

Pandora's box

in Greek mythology, the jar, later referred to as a box, from which Pandora allowed all the world's evils to escape | the source of a great collection ... (27 of 67 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723450​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Merriam-Webster:

Pandora's box

First use: 1579

Origin: the box, sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open and which loosed a swarm of evils upon humankind when she opened it out of ... (30 of 31 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

Pandora's box

Origin: Italian from Late Latin pandura: see "bandore" | Latin from Greek Pandōra from pan, all (see "pan-") + dōron, a gift: see "date"

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Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Pandora's box [countable] | Pandora's boxes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Pandora's box"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Pandora-s-box

Macmillan American Dictionary:

Pandora's box [countable] | Pandora's boxes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Pandora's box"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/Pandora-s-box

Cambridge Dictionary:

Pandora's box

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "Pandora's box"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "Pandora's box"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pandora-s-box

Google Dictionary:

Pandora's box | Pandora's boxes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "Pandora's box"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

Pandora's box

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Pandora's box"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=pandor​02 word=Pandora's box

YourDictionary Audio:

Pandora's box

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Pandora's box" by speech synthesizer

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the Free Dictionary:

Pandora's box

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Pandora's box" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/Pandora's box

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