An object or topic which sows dissension and anger.
a topic of assertion and envy, so named from the mythological golden apple, inscribed “For the fairest,” which was tossed into an assembly of gods by Eris, the goddess of discord. It was contended for by Juno, Minerva, and Venus, and ended up being adjudged to the latter.
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(ancient mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet regarding the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who was not invited); the apple had `the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all reported it; whenever Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it started a chain of activities that resulted in the Trojan War