- 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
- anything causing trouble, discord, or jealousy
apple of discordapple of discord
(plural apples of discord)
- An object or topic which sows dissension and anger; something which causes strife, argument or rivalry.
With reference to the golden apple in Greek mythology, inscribed ‘for the fairest female’, which sparked dissent among the gods and led to the judgment of Paris, and ultimately to the Trojan war.